First Lady Melania Trump will not be joining the president when he heads to Camp David Friday afternoon, three weeks after she was in the hospital for a kidney procedure.
The president is expected to travel to the Maryland retreat Friday afternoon. He is expected to hold meetings in preparation for a possible summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Trump hasn't been seen in public for 22 days. She was last seen in public on May 10, when she joined her husband to welcome the return of three Americans who were being held captive in North Korea.
The Associated Press reported she would not be going on the weekend trip.
The first lady underwent an embolization procedure on Monday, May 14, likely to remove a cyst from her kidney. Her office said it was benign, or non-cancerous.
First Lady Melania Trump will not be joining her husband this weekend when he flies to Camp David. She hasn't been seen in public in 21 days, leading to multiple conspiracy theories on her absence
She spent a week in the hospital recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
She returned to the White House on Saturday, May 19. Some medical professionals said the five-day hospitalization was long for such a procedure.
She didn't join her husband at a White House sports and fitness event, where Ivanka Trump was present with the president.
A CNBC reporter tweeted this week: 'Not that this will deter the conspiracy theorists, but I saw the First Lady walking with her aides in the West Wing yesterday afternoon.'
First lady Melania Trump arrives in the Rose Garden to speak at the White House May 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump outlined her new initiatives, known as the Be Best program, as first lady during the event
In a May 30 tweet, the first lady needled the media for speculating about her whereabouts.
'I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I’m doing. Rest assured, I’m here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!'
However, the tweet only brought more questions, as President Trump has been known to use phrases like 'working overtime' in his own tweets.
The White House has swatted down some conspiracy theories that have popped up – including one that held she wasn't even in the White House.
The White House slammed a report that the first lady was missing because she's caring for her 'ailing' mom in Bedminster, New Jersey, where PresidentDonald Trump owns a golf resort.
The first lady hasn't been seen in public in 22 days but her husband has said she is doing well in her recovery