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U.S. first lady Melania Trump to skip G7 and North Korea summit

Reuters, AP

President Donald Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, will skip this week’s Group of Seven summit in Quebec and does not plan to attend the planned June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korea, the White House said on Sunday.

Melania Trump attended the G7 meeting in Italy last year. The first lady, 48, stayed behind Friday when the president, his daughters, eldest son and son-in-law went to the Camp David retreat for the weekend. She hasn’t made a public appearance since before her five-day hospital stay in mid-May for treatment of a kidney condition the White House only described as benign.

“She will not attend the G7 and there are no plans for her to travel to Singapore at this time,” her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in an email Sunday. Spouses typically get together at events of their own during the meetings of world leaders.

On May 30, Melania Trump tweeted in response to news stories about her absence from public view.

“I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I’m doing. Rest assured, I’m here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!” she wrote on Twitter.

A reporter for CNBC tweeted that he saw the first lady in the White House on May 29 with her aides.