US First Lady Melania Trump successfully underwent surgery on Monday to treat a kidney problem and possibly remain hospitalized for the rest of the week, her White House office said.
Melania, who turns 48 next month, was hospitalized this morning at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a hospital outside of Washington to which presidents and first ladies have traditionally come to assess her health.
“The procedure was a success and there were no complications,” the first lady’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said in a brief statement.
Melania Trump is the first lady who has to go through the operating room to undergo a serious operation since, in October 1987, one of her predecessors Nancy Reagan (1981-1989) had a mastectomy, after she was found to have cancer of breast
President Donald Trump remained in the White House while his wife was operated, although in the afternoon he visited her at the military hospital.
In recent months the Trump marriage has publicly shown a lesser tune and that has fueled rumors of possible problems in the wake of the scandal of porn actress Stormy Daniels, who says he had an affair with the tycoon in 2006, when he was already married with Melania.
Breaking with tradition, Melania did not move to the White House when her husband assumed power in January 2016 and, for six months, continued to live in her attic of the Trump Tower in Manhattan (New York) while her only son, Barron, aged 12, finished the school year.
From the beginning, Melania Trump kept a low profile and, in her role as first lady, has been less active than her predecessors, Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, who promoted several causes such as the fight against childhood obesity or the promotion of reading, respectively.
However, this month, Melania outlined her priorities as first lady and promised that she would focus on children with her “Be Best” plan.
According to a survey published last week by CNN, Melania’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent weeks, from 47% support in January to 57% today, a figure that is higher than any popularity rating of her registered husband. by CNN.