After officially emerging 26 days out of public sight, Melania Trump appeared to be the picture of health. She accompanied her husband President Donald Trump during a public appearance at FEMA headquarters, according to CNN.
This marked Melania’s first media appearance since having kidney surgery, which led to a myriad of speculation regarding the first lady’s whereabouts during her time away from the public eye. And while she appeared to be well rested and strong, Donald Trump couldn’t seem to resist commenting on the first lady’s health and even making this one statement (page 5) that had everyone scratching their heads.
1. This was the procedure the first lady underwent
According to the first lady’s office, Melania had an embolization in her kidney, NPR reports. This procedure involves blocking the blood supply in an artery, which is typically done to treat a benign tumor. While no further information was given about why the kidney embolization was performed on Melania, The White House reported that the procedure went well and there were no complications.
Next: However, this was a mystery.
2. Melania’s recovery differed from other patients
The White House reported that Melania required a week-long hospital stay, NPR reports. However, when NPR consulted with two physicians they said this regarding Melania’s hospitalization. “I put that question to Dr. Kowalczyk and to another expert in this operation, Dr. David Madoff at the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Both said that it’s hard to know. Some people who get this procedure go home the same day, but more complicated cases do stay in the hospital. It could simply be that doctors treating the first lady are being extra cautious considering who their patient is.”
Next: When rumors swirled about Melania’s whereabouts, Donald went on the offensive.
3. Donald used this opportunity to attack his favorite sore spot
While Donald wanted to address rumors about what happened to his wife after kidney surgery, he used the opportunity to attack the media instead. He issued tweets addressing all the rumors. Plus he couldn’t resist blaming it on the fake media. “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!”
Next: If she’s doing so well, what is this all about?
4. The story seemed to evolve once Melania reappeared
During her first big appearance, Donald used terms and phrasing he hadn’t used about his wife’s health. He referred to her procedure as an “operation” and that it lasted close to four hours, according to People. He also said she had endured a “rough patch” but is now “doing great.” He also kept pointing at her by his side and said, “The people of our country love you. Thank you, honey.”
Next: But then Donald said this, which was completely weird.
5. Is this actually true?
One thing that seemed off was this statement Donald made about Melania’s recovery. He told reporters that while his wife wanted to accompany him to the G7 Summit, she wasn’t allowed to fly for one month, according to People. He insisted it was according to doctor’s orders that his wife had to avoid air travel. Melania’s spokesperson told People that the president’s statement was accurate and that Melania, “can’t travel internationally yet, that’s all.”
Next: A surgeon addresses this ‘no-fly’ policy.
6. Should you avoid travel for a month after a kidney embolization?
The travel ban for one month may not be out of the realm of possibilities, Daily Mail reports. Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, urologist and kidney specialist at Orlando Health told Daily Mail sometimes physicians advise patients not to travel for a month after surgery. However, restricting travel for any more than a month is typically extreme, but not a bad idea.
Keep in mind, Melania’s surgery was on May 14, which would typically make the one- month mark on June 14, only days before her husband made this remark.
Next: This is why people are skeptical about the president’s remarks.
7. The president tends to do a lot of this
Unfortunately, the president has a credibility issue due to chronic lying. Politifact has a file on Donald Trump’s lies, which is updated on a regular basis. Since the majority of his statements are found to be false, according to Politifact, his remarks are often met with considerable skepticism.
Plus, Donald’s own health files were exposed as being a fraud too. Donald’s former physician who famously wrote the letter about presidential candidate Donald Trump’s excellent health recently came clean about who wrote the letter, according to Vox. Dr. Harold Bornstein told CNN, “He dictated that whole letter. I didn’t write that letter,” he said. “I just made it up as I went along.”
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