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Melania Trump's prolonged absence from public life comes just as she was posed to take on a more prominent role.

After almost three weeks out of sight, Melania Trump tried to put to rest speculation about her health and even her whereabouts as she continues to recover from medical treatment for a kidney condition.

Earlier this year, a registered dietitian was dispatched from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre to consult with White House kitchen staff on reducing calories and fat in Trump's meals, a person familiar with the matter told CNN.

'She is doing great.

Despite her focus on children's issues, she is not now expected to attend a Sports and Fitness Day at the White House Wednesday that will seek to highlight the importance of youth sports participation. The first lady was seen in the White House by CNBC reporter Eamon Javers.

She was also said to be working on forthcoming projects such as the annual White House picnic for members of Congress in June and Independence Day festivities.

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Trump has already established herself as an unconventional first lady, having delayed her arrival in Washington for five months to allow her 12-year-old son to finish the school year in NY.

"I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing", read the first lady's tweet.

While many administrations have sought expert counsel in the past, former Obama advisor and email recipient Evan Medeiros speculated that the thinly-reported information was presented in an attempt to gain positive media attention and "fan tweets".

The first lady's tweet was an attempt to tamp down rumors about her whereabouts since her last public appearance, back on on May 10.

Yet 16 days later, the most anyone has heard from Trump has come via Twitter, with just one addressing her medical procedure. The phrase "working overtime", which has been featured in several of President Trump's tweets, had some outlets wondering whether 45 penned the message.

"I wouldn't characterize this as a long absence". Last Friday morning, a reporter shouted a question to the president about a his wife's whereabouts as he prepared to board Marine One to attend the Naval Academy commencement. "She seems to be recovering well", he said, though he offered no further details.


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