US first lady Melania Trump to skip G7 North Korea summit

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President Donald Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, will skip this week’s G7 summit in Quebec and does not plan to attend the planned  summit in Singapore with North Korea on June 12, the White House said on Sunday.

Melania Trump attended the G7 meeting in Italy last year.

The U.S. first lady, 48, has not been seen in public since May, 10 when she and the president welcomed home three Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea.

She underwent a surgical procedure on May, 14 to treat a benign kidney condition and was released from the hospital on May, 19.

“She will not attend the G7 and there are no plans for her to travel to Singapore at this time,” her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, said in an email on Sunday.

The White House said the president and first lady would host a reception on Monday evening for the families of service members killed in the line of duty.

However, the White House added that the reception is not open to the press.

Last Wednesday, Melania tweeted in response to news stories about her absence from public view. “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!”

A reporter for CNBC tweeted that he saw the first lady in the White House last Tuesday with her aides.