President Trump tells Melania 'the people love you' during her first public appearance after surgery

First lady Melania Trump on Wednesday made her first public appearance in 26 days, accompanying President Trump to a hurricane briefing at FEMA headquarters.

“She went through a little rough patch, but she’s doing great,” the president said during his remarks at the briefing. “And we’re very proud of her.”

“She’s done a fantastic job as First Lady. The people love you,” he continued. “The people of our country love you.”

Earlier in the day, President Trump slammed the media over its coverage of the first lady during her absence from the public eye.

Melania Trump makes first public appearance since kidney surgery

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U.S. first lady Melania Trump appears with President Donald Trump at a public event for the first time in almost a month during a hurricane response briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, U.S., June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. first lady Melania Trump is framed by cameras filming her as she appears with President Donald Trump at a public event for the first time in almost a month during a hurricane response briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, U.S., June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. first lady Melania Trump returns to the White House with President Donald Trump after a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which was their first joint appearance in public in almost a month, in Washington, U.S., June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. first lady Melania Trump stands between Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump as the president speaks to the staff on a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during their first joint appearance in public in almost a month in Washington, U.S., June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. first lady Melania Trump appears with President Donald Trump at a public event for the first time in almost a month during a hurricane response briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, U.S., June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. first lady Melania Trump appears with President Donald Trump at a public event for the first time in almost a month during a hurricane response briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, U.S., June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. first lady Melania Trump appears with President Donald Trump at a public event for the first time in almost a month at a hurricane response briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, U.S., June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 6: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the 2018 Hurricane Briefing at the FEMA headquarters on June 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Yuri Gripas - Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 6: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to employees during a visit with first lady Melania Trump at the National Response Coordination Center inside the FEMA headquarters on June 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Yuri Gripas - Pool/Getty Images)
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“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!” Trump tweeted.

Melania Trump’s communications office had issued a statement on May 14 that she was hospitalized for “an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition,” and according to CBS News, she returned to the White House on May 19.

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