US first lady to hang back on Trump’s Camp David weekend

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The White House says Melania Trump won’t join her husband when he heads to the Camp David presidential retreat for the weekend.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to head to the Maryland retreat Friday afternoon, but his wife won’t be seen boarding the presidential helicopter with him.

Her absence will mark 22 straight days without a public appearance by the first lady following a recent hospitalization.

The first lady was last seen May 10, when she and the president welcomed home three Americans who had been released from detention in North Korea.

The White House announced four days later that Mrs. Trump had been hospitalized to treat a kidney condition. She stayed five days before returning to the White House.

It remained unclear when her next public appearance will be.

On May, 30 first lady tweeted that she was “feeling great” to address speculation about her health, after not being seen in public for 20 days.

“I’m here at the White House with my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!” the US first lady tweeted.

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