Melania Trump to lead US at Invictus Games in first international trip without President Trump

With Melania Trump's popularity on the rise, a newly scheduled trip signals the first lady's increasing role as a public speaker and outward-facing Oval Office ambassador.

Melania Trump will lead a U.S. delegation to the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada this September, according to a White House press release. This trip will mark the first lady's first solo trip out of the country since her husband assumed the presidency.

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Ninety American athletes will compete in this year's Invictus Games -- an event that gathers over 500 wounded servicemen and women from around the world. The inaugural games were held in London in 2015, and were founded by Prince Henry of Wales in 2014.

"I was heartened by the great success of the inaugural Invictus Games that took place in London in 2015, and the second games in Orlando, Florida last year," Melania Trump said in the press release. "In just two short years, the Invictus Games have allowed thousands of injured and wounded servicemen and women from many different countries to participate in adaptive sports competitions – something that should be lauded and supported worldwide."

The Games are set to begin Sept. 23 and conclude on Sept. 30.