The White House did not allow journalists to cover the Gold Star event out of respect for the families, which meant thr first lady was seen in person only by the 40 or so families, and administration officials who attended.
Still, plenty of evidence that Melania Trump is alive and, most importantly, well and not on some far flung island counting hundred dollar bills and hanging out with Elvis and Tupac. Hopefully, we'll know after tonight.
Some said Melania had moved back to NY or was cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, head of the main investigation into alleged Russian election meddling that President Trump has branded a "witch hunt".
Last Wednesday, Melania Trump tweeted in response to news stories about her absence from public view.
Last weekend I wrote that contrary to the silly speculation on social media, the First Lady isn't missing.
Ms. Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman, dismissed curiosity about her travel, saying that it was "pretty typical" not to travel after a medical procedure.
The US first lady, known for her privacy and independence, had not been seen in public following a surgery last month.
Reporters turned to look at the spot he indicated, but there was no sign of the first lady.
Lori Donahue of Gillette, Wyo., said she was touched by Melania Trump's presence: "It meant a lot that this was her first since her surgery".
Melania's apparent disdain for her husband has been witnessed multiple times in public, with the First Lady vividly recoiling as her husband reaches for her hand.
"To all those who have lost loved ones in service to our country, our nation grieves with you", her statement read.
Images uploaded to Twitter showed the first lady wearing a sleeveless black dress and strolling into the East Room accompanied by President Trump.
"The procedure was successful and there were no complications", the White House said in a statement after her surgery, reporting that she would remain in hospital for the rest of the week.
Her disappearance from the public eye prompted conspiracy theories galore, some more ridiculous than others.
"And that won't change over a rabid press corps".