Melania Trump to skip G7, US-North Korea summit in Singapore

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's wife, Melania Trump, will skip this week's G7 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 (June 3).

Melania Trump attended the G7 meeting in Italy last year. The US first lady, 48, has not been seen in public since May 10. She underwent a surgical procedure on May 14 to treat a benign kidney condition and was released from the hospital on May 19.

"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 e-mail on Sunday.

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.

Melania Trump's top fashion moments on her Asian tour

  • Melania Trump wore head-to-toe Gucci to a state dinner hosted by Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife in Beijing.
  • Melania Trump wore head-to-toe Gucci to a state dinner hosted by Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife in Beijing.
  • The dress was Alessandro Michele’s interpretation of a cheongsam dress.
  • The frock was embroidered with a phoenix and peonies.
  • Vanity Fair has called Melania's get-up as "fashion diplomacy, made in Italy".
  • Melania Trump looking chic in a black coat draped over her shoulders while visiting the Beijing Zoo.
  • Melania stayed on in China to visit the zoo and the Great Wall, while Donald Trump continued on his Asia tour to Vietnam on Friday (Nov 10).
  • She paired her outfit with a comfortable pair of nude leather flats.
  • In Beijing on Nov 8, Melania Trump went for a similar conservative look, sporting a long black overcoat for a visit to the Forbidden City.
  • Wearing a floral long dress, the US First Lady looked positively summery standing next to Peng Liyuan (R), wife of China's President Xi Jinping, at awelcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017.
  • This gown is likely to be from Dolce & Gabbanna.
  • The American First Lady started the tour bundled up in a thick coat in Tokyo. Arriving in Japan, she stepped off the plane in a striped wool Fendi coat embellished with flowers.
  • She paired it with nude Manolo Blahnik heels. In this ensemble, her activities included visiting luxury pearl retailer Mikimoto's flagship Ginza store with prime minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie to learn about Japanese pearl cultivation.
  • For a visit to the South Korean National Assembly followed by a visit to the National Cemetery, she wore a long, flowing black coat cinched at the waist with a buckled belt.
  • But by the time she got to their second stop, Seoul, she chose to wear a sheer dress to a state dinner.
  • To a state dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae In at the Blue House, she wore a blue and black dress with sheer panels and sequins, by New York-based French luxury brand J Mendel. Here, she let her hair down.
  • For dinner with the prime minister and his wife at Ginza Ukai Tei restaurant, she wore a mid-length black coat and a black sash.
  • To meet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at Tokyo's Imperial Palace, as well as to attend a calligraphy class at an elementary school, she wore a navy Dior dress with flowing sleeves and a flared mid-length skirt. Uncharacteristically, she wore her hair in an up-do.
  • She attended a state dinner hosted by Prime Minister Abe, wearing a long, caped Valentino dress made of red silk.
  • Arriving in Seoul, she wore a dark burgundy coat with exaggerated sleeves and a zip detail by Spanish brand Delpozo, paired with blue Manolo Blahnik pumps.
  • The fall-esque outfit featured a zipper and thin belt, which altogether retails for US$4,000.
  • In that outfit, the first lady toured Cheong Wa Dae with South Korean first lady Kim and met with schoolchildren at US Embassy Korea.