Melania Trump quietly had surgery & her husband didn’t bother to visit her for hours

President Donald J. Trump participates in Shamrock Bowl Presentation

The news broke in the middle of the afternoon on Monday: Melania Trump was in the hospital. It was huge breaking news, mostly because journalists can not and do not keep track of Melania’s comings and goings. Melania barely keeps a public schedule, and she can go for weeks without being photographed, so it was probably possible that no one would have known that Melania was even hospitalized if her office hadn’t announced it:

First lady Melania Trump is expected to be hospitalized all week after undergoing a surgical procedure to treat a kidney condition. Communications director Stephanie Grisham tells NPR the first lady is “is doing well.” In a statement, she said Trump underwent an embolization procedure on Monday morning to treat a benign kidney condition. She said the procedure was successful and without complications.

By far the most common diagnosis that leads to this kind of procedure is a benign growth called an angiomyolipoma — a tangle of blood vessels, muscle and fat.

“When I think of anyone — especially a female — in their 40s or 50s having an embolization, that’s the first thing that comes to mind,” says Dr. Keith Kowalczyk, a urologist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. More rarely, it could also be performed if there’s another cause of bleeding inside the kidney, such as an aneurysm or a fistula.

[From NPR]

So Melania is being treated for something that was not life threatening, but is serious enough where she has to be hospitalized for a week. It’s worth noting, again, that Melania keeps her sh-t locked down. The hospitalization might have even caught the West Wing by surprise, because Melania’s sh-tty husband didn’t make one move to visit his wife or make a statement about his wife for hours.

President Trump‘s West Wing may gush leaks, but First Lady Melania Trump‘s Monday-morning hospitalization for a procedure to treat an unspecified “benign kidney condition” was kept secret by her East Wing staff until an announcement by email at 3:11 p.m. The president remained at the White House throughout, with two meetings on his public schedule for Monday: his daily intelligence briefing in the Oval Office at 11 a.m. and then, at 12:30 p.m. in his private dining room, lunch with Vice President Mike Pence.

According to the White House, Trump’s Monday schedule also included phone calls to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, President Mauricio Macri of Argentina, and James Shaw, Jr., the hero who disarmed a gunman in a Tennessee Waffle House last month.

After tweeting twice on Monday afternoon — about trade and his “personal relationship with President Xi” of China, and then about “fake news” — he boarded Marine One shortly after 5 p.m. for the trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where his wife was expected to remain hospitalized “for the duration of the week,” her spokeswoman said.

[From People]

Ten bucks says that Melania and her people didn’t even tell Bigly about the hospital visit. Sources later claimed that Melania had told him but that they had decided that he didn’t need to be there for the surgery part. Which is why he spent all of Monday morning (while Melania was in surgery) watching Fox News and eating cheeseburgers and presumably shouting at the TV.

And someone had to remind him about his wife while he was rage-tweeting. Note the tonal shift too – I wonder who tweets on his behalf now that Hope Hicks is gone?

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  1. Tiffany says:

    So these sympathy write ups can stop for her, right?

    She knows who she is married to. Not a surprise and she is not a victim.

  2. Betsy says:

    You mean suicide attempt?

    • Heat says:

      I hate to say it, but that was my first thought too.

    • arlene says:

      YES, that is exactly what I was thinking! Cover up!

    • HadleyB says:

      I was thinking she had some work done and that was the cover up. I guess we will see if she has a new face or lipo on her hips or something.

      • kelsey says:

        That’s what the rumor is- that she was actually getting plastic surgery done. People are saying that the kidney procedure she had does not require a week’s hospital stay. Others are saying it is to distract from the horror in Gaza.

        Either way a lot of people aren’t buying this kidney story. Not to say it isn’t true but it speaks volumes about this President and his family that people’s first thought about the First Lady having kidney issues is “They’re lying.”

      • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

        It’s definitely something more than just a ligation of the arteries. You usually stay in the hospital 1day max. You only stay longer (like 3 days) if it was an open surgery requiring them to make sure your kidney is functioning and there are no infections. One week stay implies something extensive or multiple surgeries. I find her useless and complicit in legitimizing our dictator President but unlike her and the rest of the selfish Trumps who lack empathy for anyone who is not them, I do have compassion for a possible medical illness. Until we know more, I’m not going to be dismissive or put it down as just some superficial cosmetic surgery. That too wouldn’t require a week’s stay.

      • Betsy says:

        Even most plastic surgeries are at most a one or two night stay.

        It sounds like a suicide attempt with an involuntary hold at the place most likely to provide security and privacy at minimum bother to others. Yes, I know HIPAA exists, but sometimes people get leaky. Those within the military chain of command have an additional layer of “shut your mouth”, you know?

      • Darla says:

        I think a suicide attempt has no basis. I also find it hard to believe she’d do that and leave her son at the mercy of that family. But either way there’s no basis for this speculation.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “Even most plastic surgeries are at most a one or two night stay.”

        Couldn’t the extended stay be to hide signs of the procedure (like bruising), not just time to actually heal?

        I do think something sounds off about their explanation, but I am not ready to place any bets on what the truth is. I just hope she isn’t locked in a dungeon somewhere.

      • Betsy says:

        @ Tiffany :) – I suppose it could be, but why announce anything at all? As they write above, it’s not like we see her all the time. She could have disappeared for two weeks and we’d have been none the wiser.

      • Snappyfish says:

        That was my thought. Plastic surgery and noting the kidney means tummy tuck. Look and see if she is smaller in the middle the next time she is seen.

      • Trashaddict says:

        How would you be able to tell if she had something done? Her face is completely frozen anyway. Maybe she was pregnant and got rid of the little Orange Mini-Me.

    • jwoolman says:

      I doubt that she would leave her son in the hands of The Donald and his family.

  3. HelloSunshine says:

    I can’t imagine being married to someone and not even wanting to tell them I had surgery. What a miserable way to live. Obviously we don’t know if that’s how it went down but I really wouldn’t be shocked lol

  4. Polly says:

    Marine One flew overhead during my short drive home (I live in the District) . . . and flew back to the White House all during the span of my 40 minute commute. Bigly sure didn’t stay long to see his wife.

  5. Iknowwhatboyslike says:

    I believe this is Liposuction gone bad. Anything that comes out of the White HOuse, be it East or West wing, I take it with a boulder of salt. I believe it was lipo because they kept the issue at the abdomen.

    • minx says:

      I think that’s a good possibility.

    • Astrid says:

      Yup….a quick double check with the interweb/fake news and most hospital stays for angiomyolipoma doesn’t require a week’s hospital stay…something is up

    • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

      I think to reach the kidneys, the incisions would have to be in her back or side right? But I’m completely ignorant on where regular lipo incisions are. A week seems like overkill for Liposuction though….

    • MrsK says:

      1. What are they going to lipo? She doesn’t have a gram of fat anywhere on her.
      2. If she wanted to do a “procedure,” why go to Walter Reade? She is very, very good at keeping her comings-and-goings under the radar. And high-end plastic surgeons have facilities set up to provide absolute secrecy for their patients.
      3. The explanation from the White House is hinky, though. WNBC’s medical expert said “she will be on her way home by now…” before they corrected him. He explained that this kind of procedure is so common that patients are usually sent home on the day of surgery, after a few hours in recovery. He then scrambled to find some kind of medical rationale as to why she’d announce in advance that she would be hospitalized for a week.
      4. I wouldn’t be surprised if she she wanted to keep away from her horrible husband as long as possible, and stashed her son safely with her parents. I’d bet that awful man doesn’t even speak to his son every day even though they live in the same residence, much less see him.

  6. Other Renee says:

    I’m going to guess that the hospital didn’t want him hanging around the hallways during her surgery. With security and all what a fiasco that would have been logistically speaking. Not a defense, just a guess.

  7. Veronica S. says:

    Leave it to the American media to treat a woman getting decisive, responsible medical care after a diagnosis a newsworthy feat.

  8. B n A fn says:

    Something seems off to me. Why will is she in the hospital fora week. I have known many people who have had major surgery, myself included and stayed only a day or two. I believe they are lying to us, as usual. Anyway, hope she has a speedy recovery.

    • minx says:

      They are definitely lying. Whatever she had done, it’s a bigger deal than they are letting on.

    • Betsy says:

      I really think it was a suicide attempt. I believe she is an abused woman who is as trapped as any abused woman can be.

      And if it’s not that: Donald raped and strangled Ivana. That’s in her biography. That’s a fact. He is a man capable of violence. Perhaps he lashed out.

    • Tiffany says:

      She does not live at 1600 and they know a story is coming to prove it. So once she leaves the ‘hospital’, she is recouping at another property for privacy.

    • Christin says:

      The medical “experts” on TV also commented that several days of hospitalization is unusual. But that’s for common folk, I guess.

    • Beth says:

      It’s probably less stressful for her to recover in the hospital rather than her around her husband in the crazy White House. Unlike so many of us, this rich lady doesn’t have to worry about not being able to afford the ridiculously expensive hospital bill.

    • Lightpurple says:

      A fiend’s 75 year old mother had her kidney removed for cancer and only spent 2 nights. A friend who had a kidney transplant spent a week and a half because of issues involving risk of infection and rejection. Something doesn’t sound right here

      • jwoolman says:

        Those short hospital stays started for financial reasons, not necessarily medical reasons. I don’t understand all the details, but the guidelines changed radically with Reagan (who also pushed mentally ill people from psychiatric institutions out on the street, where many remained as homeless). When my mother was dying of cancer, her sister (a nurse) said mom wouldn’t survive a trip to a nursing home (more precisely, a trip in the elevator) and I imagine their cousin (her doctor) agreed.

        But because of Reagan (we were told that point blank), the hospital financial people/insurance company/whatever wanted to kick her out quickly. My brother dragged the financial guy to her hospital room to show him what he was kicking out and he quietly went away and stalled the paperwork to let her die in her own time. It helped that my brother was tall and angry. But the point is that they were definitely not acting because of medical advice but rather against it. It was due to Reagan’s changes.

        My aunt also said that mom’s Blue Cross/Blue Shield, that she had sacrificed so much to keep going for so many years, would have run out in a year or less if she had to go to a nursing home. I remember my aunt uncharacteristicially breaking down later thinking of how pointless all that scrimping and saving had been. I was still relatively young, so it was my first glimpse into the horror show that is the US health care system. Although I remember looking at the way my own insurance premiums were scheduled to rise to over a $1000 per month in my sixties and wondered how the heck anybody could pay that. (And decades later,
        I had to quit insurance when the premiums started getting closer to that, until the Affordable Care Act kicked in. I couldn’t afford to pay the insurance people, who by then I knew didn’t know the meaning of 100% past the deductible and could not be relied upon to pay the bills, 53% of my income).

        Anyway – the fact that most people are sent home soon does not mean that someone of her wealth and status would be sent home soon. They would be free to keep her for a proper length of time for whatever she had and to avoid any potential risks in recovery.

    • MerrymerrymonthofMay says:

      When I had kidney surgery they kicked me out the next day. I was still bleeding.

  9. Elkie says:

    Believe me, no amount of Fake News Leaking is making the administration look worse right now than those photos of Nepotism Barbie blowing kisses – WTF?!! – at an embassy opening featuring two of the most grotesque bigots in the #ChristianTaliban, whilst civilians are being slaughtered and maimed in a hail of live fire.

    And as for the guy too frightened to go to the WHCD, be interviewed by CNN or do a solo press conference calling other people “cowards”…

    • adastraperaspera says:

      I agree. The whole world can now see that the Trumps are not only corrupt, but murderous. We must remove them.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      They way that everyone was behaving at the Embassy opening was sickening – the photo of Jarvanka and the Netanyahu’s taking a selfie in front of a plaque was just the epitome of disrespect, lacking in even basic humanity. Unarmed people were gunned down while this lot posed for selfie’s and congratulated themselves.

      I really do believe that there will be a 3rd WW that starts in the ME, all caused by the orange man child in the White House who is far more interested in lining his pockets and pandering to his sheeple as he wants to keep them treating him like the Emperor who has no clothes.

      • Me46 says:

        I agree and I think yesterday was the unofficial start of WW3.

      • Lady D says:

        Truly sickening watching clueless complicit Barbie smiling and waving while a four year old dies from inhaling tear gas. All the hospitals ran out of medicine, bandaids and beds with the arrival of the first 50 patients, and thousands were injured, thousands. There is no punishment that will fit the Trump crimes. Life in jail? Put them on display for the tourists? Charge them a dime each to throw marshmallows with a message at the Trumps?

    • Kitten says:

      What happened in Gaza is f*cking disgusting and unconscionable. Obviously not the first time and certainly not the last. The lack of outrage and general silence from politicians on either side of the aisle is deafening and I even have liberal friends who rush to defend Israel every single time. Just goes to show you how much Palestinians are dehumanized. They are seen as disposable–collateral damage, even the six children that were murdered SMDH.

      But yeah, the fact that Javanka and that miserable orange mess took the opportunity to celebrate and congratulate that monster BiBi/Israel is just…no words to describe how sick and f*cked up that is.

    • Isabelle says:

      If children were slaughtered on the capital steps, a lot of population would applaud their dear leader. On top of it America is very pro-Israel. Also, honestly a lot of people don’t even know anything about the middle east dynamics and what is going on, people care less than you believe.Donnie’s ratings will tick up I bet because of it.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      I so agree. When will someone with influence call them out for this? Why the silence?

  10. Lenn says:

    lol, our great first lady, Melania. Like he needs to remind himself .

  11. agnes says:

    “Our great first Lady” twice. Did he forget her name?

  12. duchess of hazard says:

    Ehh, they can all choke, tbh.

  13. adastraperaspera says:

    I don’t believe any of their press releases. I assume this is plastic surgery gone bad in some way–or, she just needed recovery time. They’re all a pack of liars. Who knows what’s going on. Can’t wait until my tax dollars are not paying to fly these idiots around.

  14. SM says:

    I am not sure I would not use the surgwry as an opportunity to get away from this mess. And yes, she married him and she knew perfectly well what she was getting into but I am not sure being the center of attention that comes with being the First lady is something she ever anticipated. So I am not sorry for her but I do feel a bit bad, she went from being a gold digger to the wirst First lady.

  15. tw says:

    Another theory is that Melania scheduled the procedure the same day as the embassy opening as a diversion from the thousands of Palestinian protestors being shot by the IDF. While I have sympathy for Melania, I think her benign condition pales in comparison to people loses lives and limbs in Gaza.

  16. Lightpurple says:

    His tweet was almost word for word the same as the statement from her spokeswoman. He didn’t even bother to write it. Nagini was too busy partying over the death of Palestinian kids with Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz to wish her stepmother well

  17. eeeeetrainnnn says:

    This is sketchy AF I have a friend who is DONATING a kidney and is predicted to be in the hospital for one day.

  18. Lila says:

    This only shows me where their relationship is at. Honestly, I wouldn’t want him around either ,after I woke up from surgery. Somehow Trump would make it about himself. Can you imagine lying their and she asks him to get her a cup of ice or extra blanket. He couldn’t even do that.

  19. Johannam says:

    Oh my. The conspiracy theories run rampant here.

    I am just as horrified by the orange one as anyone but when did not supporting the orange one turn into full blown Alex Jones conspiracy theories.

    • tw says:

      Fact – her procedure was scheduled for the same day as the embassy opening and received equal coverage on cable news as thousands were being shot in Gaza.

      Fact – an embolization procedure usually does not require an overnight hospital stay, let alone a week.

      Alex Jones, seriously? The man who said Sandy Hook was staged. GFY

    • Kitten says:

      Yeah see, this is what happens when you have a POTUS who has lied over 3,000 time in his 1.5 years of presidency. I’m actually surprised that YOU’RE surprised that people wouldn’t take this news (or anything coming from the WH) at face-value.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      it’s not really a conspiracy theory to take the info the WH provided (description of procedure, week long stay) and compare it to commonly known medical information.

      unless it was some serious complication with her surgery, it doesn’t take a week to recover from the procedure she’s having done. and this WH would JUMP at the chance to show FLOTUS in a sympathetic light, so of course they’d say if there were complications.

      which means…logic, etc.

    • Beth says:

      People wouldn’t be so curious and thinking it could be really bad if the WH would give more information. Spending a week in the hospital after a surgery that most people don’t even stay overnight for makes it look suspicious and like they’re hiding a big secret

    • Isabelle says:

      It makes sense a higher rank politician and yes the first lady would be given more time in the hospitial after a surgery, even minor. The one sketchy thing to me, the timing of it. Melania has made pro Israel statements as well.

    • indefatigable says:

      It’s a fair point Even if you’re opposed to Trump you’re not above the truth and your claims are not above scrutiny.

  20. Jailnurse says:

    It’s no shock to know that Trump is as worthless as a husband as he is prez.

  21. isabelle says:

    I bet you anything Donnie man baby is jealous this morning of the good attention his wife is receiving.

  22. Eric says:

    Dear Emperor Zero:
    Too busy counting the 282 million from the Rosneft sale (that’s a 0.5% cut) or too busy making Gyna Great Again by relaxing spy phones and making a 500 million dollar deal in Indonesia?

    We will wait.

  23. Amelie says:

    I dunno but that last picture of Trump holding a small bush or some kind of herb (?) made me laugh.

    Whether she actually got the procedure she said she did or not, I don’t really care much. I just hope it’s not majorly serious so Barron doesn’t have to deal with his father one on one for too long. This is probably a nice vacation for her.

  24. Millennial says:

    I have no clue what’s going on with her, but for Barron’s sake I wish her a speedy recovery.

  25. Keira aka coconut says:

    There is a dude who handles Bigly’s social media, including the more cogent tweets. I think he used to be B’s golf caddy? I think Terry Gross interviewed him.

  26. Valerie says:

    She should’ve removed the 200+ lb sack of shit whose name she’s taken.

  27. JennyJenny says:

    I’m an RN and this seems off ~
    But I do hope she’s OK with whatever she’s had done.
    And curiously, she’d have to remove her wig for any said procedure.

  28. Laura says:

    I hope Melania will be okay. I hate staying in the hospital but maybe her health situation is more serious than what is being said publicly. I think it’s really crummy that her husband wasn’t there for her pre- and post operation but he seems like a very selfish man so perhaps she expected to go through the surgery alone.
    Wishibg her a speedy recovery.

  29. Lisa says:

    I think she was poisoned, like those ex-pats in London, as a warning to Dump! He’s between a rock (Mueller) and a hard place (Putin)!

  30. Chaine says:

    I think there was a kidney procedure but there’s got to be something more seriously wrong with her for her to stay in the hospital for a week. Either the kidney procedure was only one part of a larger surgery, or she is staying in a week to receive additional surgeries and treatments. I’m not on board with the “plastic surgery” theory, I think she has a serious medical condition and doesn’t want the truth of it publicized.

  31. elle says:

    Given how robotic she looks in that top pic, I’m guessing there were some rusting parts that needed to be replaced.

  32. Claire says:

    I don’t see anything suspicious here. I had a tumour removed from my kidney a few years ago. It was done laparoscopically and I was in the hospital for several days afterwards. She could have had the same procedure or something very similar. Not everything is a conspiracy.

  33. Chef Grace says:

    The last photo. .of the green plant… FLOTUS face says it all.. she is fantasizing about smashing it over The Hamburgler in Chiefs orange head. MUAHAHAHA

  34. MerrymerrymonthofMay says:

    She tried but failed to get that ugly orange tumor removed.

  35. Lizabeth says:

    Maybe there is more going on than we know. She is entitled to her privacy, after all. But no one has said she will be hospitalized “for a week” as many of the comments keep saying. The official statement said she’d likely be at Walter Reed for “the rest of the week” which likely means she’ll be discharged on Friday, about 4 days after surgery. If you were the docs for the first lady, wouldn’t you keep her long enough to ensure it was really ok to discharge her? No big conspiracy needed necessary here.

  36. Deeanna says:

    As per the literature, some patients who have the procedure will develop a fever and experience nausea and vomiting. So maybe they wanted to just keep her around to monitor her rather than to release her and then have to bring her back in. Also, if it indeed was an angiomyolipoma the larger it was the greater the chance of having a reaction after the procedure.

    The greenery plant was four leaf clovers presented to them on St. Patrick’s Day.