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Melania goes solo: First Lady returns to the spotlight after 25-day absence


First Lady Melania Trump stepped out solo Sunday night to attend an annual gala in Washington DC as her husband landed in Singapore ahead of the highly-anticipated meeting with Kim Jong Un.

Melania, who wore a black $2,700 Escada gown, was Honorary Chair for the annual gala in tribute to former President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. She delivered remarks on stage at the end of the program.

This appearance is one of Melania’s first since being away from the public eye for 25 days while she recovered from kidney surgery.

She made her first public appearance last week at a Gold Star event. 

The First Lady attended an annual gala at Ford's Theatre in Washington DC Sunday night. She is pictured delivering remarks at the end of the night

The First Lady attended an annual gala at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC Sunday night. She is pictured delivering remarks at the end of the night

 Melania was Honorary Chair for Sunday night's the gala in tribute to former President Abraham Lincoln 

 Melania was Honorary Chair for Sunday night’s the gala in tribute to former President Abraham Lincoln 

This is one of her first appearances since her 25-day hiatus from the public spotlight following kidney surgery. She is pictured at the reception with Sheila Johnson, recipient of the Lincoln Medal

This is one of her first appearances since her 25-day hiatus from the public spotlight following kidney surgery. She is pictured at the reception with Sheila Johnson, recipient of the Lincoln Medal

Melania made her second public appearance since her kidney surgery Wednesday afternoon when she joined the president at a briefing on hurricane preparedness at FEMA.

The First Lady delivered remarks at the end of Sunday night’s program, thanking Ford’s Theatre and the performers for a wonderful evening.

She also congratulated the recipients of this year’s Lincoln Medal – an annual award given to people who have exemplified the legacy of President Lincoln through their achievements and bodies of work. 

One of this year’s recipients is businesswoman Sheila Johnson, co-founder of BET and CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts. 

‘I was honored to be part of such a special evening,’ said First Lady Melania Trump. 

‘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—the impact they have on society is invaluable and something we will continue to cherish throughout time.’  

Friday, President Donald Trump revealed his wife underwent a four-hour operation and she is prohibited from flying for a month. 

‘Can’t fly for one month, the doctors say,’ he said.

‘She wanted to go,’ Trump said. ‘She had a big operation, that was close to a four-hour operation. And she’s doing great,’ Trump said.

He added that the First Lady is ‘doing great.’  

Melania made her second public appearance since her kidney surgery Wednesday afternoon when she joined the president at a briefing on hurricane preparedness at FEMA

Melania made her second public appearance since her kidney surgery Wednesday afternoon when she joined the president at a briefing on hurricane preparedness at FEMA

Melania Trump at the Gold Star event at White House last week in her first public appearance in 25 days 

Melania Trump at the Gold Star event at White House last week in her first public appearance in 25 days 

The First Lady delivered remarks at the end of the Sunday night's performances thanking Ford's Theatre and the performers for a wonderful evening

The First Lady delivered remarks at the end of the Sunday night’s performances thanking Ford’s Theatre and the performers for a wonderful evening



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