First Lady Melania Trump put to rest a host of conspiracy theories when she made a public appearance this week after taking time to recover from a kidney surgery over the past three weeks.
In obvious attacks on President Trump, conspiracy theorists, as well as some mainstream media figures, suggested that Melania’s absence was due to abuse at the hands of her husband. Theories ranged from Melania needing time to recover from her injuries to the first lady having left her husband and the White House for good.
Mainstream media outlets like Time, CNN, and The Mercury News obsessed over the great “mystery” of Melania’s disappearance, and CNN went as far as to create a calendar showing all the days in a row of no confirmed sightings of the first lady.
But Trump fired back on Wednesday, pointing out the maliciousness of the accusations and times when reporters did see Melania during her “disappearance” and failed to mention it.
He wrote on Twitter, “The Fake News Media has been so unfair, and vicious, to my wife and our great First Lady, Melania. During her recovery from surgery they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H. (and me) for N.Y. or Virginia, to abuse. All Fake, she is doing really well!”
“Four reporters spotted Melania in the White House last week walking merrily along to a meeting,” he continued. “They never reported the sighting because it would hurt the sick narrative that she was living in a different part of the world, was really ill, or whatever. Fake News is really bad!”
Melania appeared publicly with her husband Wednesday during a meeting at the FEMA National Response Coordination Center.