About two weeks after Trump returned to the White House from the hospital on May 19, the "Where's Melania?" headlines began popping up as critics of the president seized on the first lady's absence to further mock the Trump administration.
It was the first time she has been seen since undergoing kidney surgery on May 14. Her security guards didn't feel it was safe for her to go out.
Prior to Monday night, Melania Trump had made no public appearances since May 10, when she and President Trump greeted detainees who had been released from North Korea, as The Washington Post reported. "And they claim she came home to the White House.
Thank you to the Gold Star families that joined us in celebration & remembrance", the tweet said. Then she lowered the boom of criticism that America deserves transparency in the whereabouts of the First Lady.
Trump says North Korean envoy is likely to visit the White House
North Korea's envoy Kim Yong Chol (left) shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during their meeting in New York, US. The historic meeting between Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un would be the first between sitting United States and North Korean leaders.
After Trump backpedaled to the press, first taunting the content of the letter, saying "it was a very interesting letter" and even asking for bids to reveal what was inside - eight minutes later, he admitted he hadn't actually read it. Hopefully, we'll know after tonight.
A video also showed the First Lady escorting her husband, the president, into the ceremony but, again, it was from a distance, and has become something of a Zapruder film for 2018.
"I'm amazed Mrs. Trump has been able to do it", she told AFP. But, in a twist worthy of Poe or Coleridge, when said reporters turned to the window to look for Melania Trump, she was nowhere to be found.
Shortly after Melania's apparent "routine kidney surgery", Trump tweeted that he was happy to have "Melanie" back in the White House. The press is not invited, but no doubt we will receive some kind of confirmation from some source whether the first lady was there or not.