On Sunday, first lady Melania Trump made her first solo appearance in more than 30 days. With her husband out of the country on diplomatic business, the first lady has been making important appearances on his behalf.
Her Sunday appearance was at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC, at an event honoring the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln. Ford’s Theatre is the place forever known as the place where Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 by actor John Wilkes Booth.
“Thank you Ford’s Theatre and the talented performers for a special evening celebrating the arts and the legacy of former President Lincoln,” said the first lady on Twitter. “Congratulations to Jack Nicklaus and Sheila Johnson, the recipients of the Lincoln Medal!”
The Lincoln Medal is awarded to people who continue Lincoln’s legacy. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen were also in attendance.
“I was honored to be a part of such a special evening,” said Melania Trump in a White House press release. “Tonight reminds all of us about the power the arts have in cultivating the American voice.”
“Thank you to Ford’s Theatre Society for tonight, and your continued dedication to education and leadership in the arts,” she continued. “The impact they have on society is invaluable and something we will continue to cherish throughout time.”
At the event, the first lady wore a sleek, black Escada dress currently on sale for $2,757 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
The first lady had wished to travel with President Trump to the G7 Summit in Canada as well as his groundbreaking summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore but is not allowed to fly yet as she recovers from kidney surgery.
“She can’t fly for one month, the doctors say,” said President Trump. “She had a big operation, that was close to a four-hour operation. And she’s doing great.”