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"She had a big operation", Trump said Friday of the procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Even after Melania was spotted during her first public appearance at a Gold Star event in the White House, where the press was absent, many social media users wondered if it was the real first lady that attended the ceremony or her body double.

First Lady Melania Trump made her first appearance in front of the cameras in nearly a month Wednesday, as her husband railed at media coverage of her long absence from public view.

Her recent schedule has seen a noticeable shift from the weeks prior to the surgery, when she engaged in several high-profile events.

Following the surgery, Melania's absence at events where the public has come to expect her alongside the president was well documented, leading her to take to Twitter to castigate reporters.

Melania Trump, who attended her first event in 24 days Monday when she appeared at a private East Room event for Gold Star families, has chose to skip the "Celebration of America", Stephanie Grisham, her communication director said Tuesday, the Hill reported.

Grisham dismissed the media speculation as "nonsense". However, two reporters who saw the first lady did report that they saw Mrs. Trump walking with aides at the White House. But over the past half century, it has become the expectation that people know the basic narrative of the first lady's activities. "Thank you, honey." Melania Trump smiled bu said nothing. "She wanted to go", said Trump of his wife, who has been fiercely private about her health and is not going on the trip.