The U.S. president also claimed that four reporters had spotted Melania Trump last week walking to a meeting, but said they chose not to report the sighting because it would have "hurt the sick narrative that she was living in a different part of the world, was really ill, or whatever". He did not name these reporters or any publications.
Speculation about the reason behind the first lady's absence has included that she and the president were getting divorced, that she had undergone a plastic surgery procedure, and that she had joined special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
On Monday, Melania attended a private White House event that honoured "Gold Star" military families — a U.S. term for families who have lost a member in U.S. armed forces. A Daily Caller reporter in attendance shared a blurry video that captured the president and the first lady.
A tweet from the first lady's account included pictures of her sitting in the front row at the event.