Melania Trump two days ago tweeted an optimistic message that many social media users suspect did not come from her: "I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing". However she is expected to appear before the public for the first time since then on Monday at a reception for families of soldiers killed in the line of duty, the White House said Sunday. As the worldwide media couldn't stop speculating about her whereabouts, she took to Twitter to quash rumours about her health and marriage.
On the first couple's last day in Sicily before jetting back to Washington, they stopped at the USA naval air base in Sigonella, Sicily, where the First Lady gave brief remarks to troops prior to the President taking the podium.
The White House did not allow journalists to cover the Gold Star event out of respect for the families, which meant Melania Trump was seen in person only by the 40 or so families and administration officials who attended.
She had a top secret nip and tuck and will come back looking very ... refreshed.
Her mother, Amalija Knavs, was seen walking along the White House grounds around midday Friday. Rest assured, I'm here in the White house with my family.
In a tweet storm on Friday, Black wrote: "I've been obsessing a bit over Melania's disappearance - and that's what it is".
Black expressed sympathy for the first lady saying, "They treat her with the softest of kid gloves. Most of us don't even know cursory information about her - I would bet most people don't even know her home country". Is she taking refuge with the Obamas?
Comedian Sarah Silverman retweeted Melania's tweet with her own comment: "Who is this? where's Melania?"
Grisham said earlier that the first lady has been meeting with staff and working on projects. Has there ever been less scrutiny of a modern First Lady?
The absence of the intensely private first lady has prompted widespread speculation and conspiracy theories. The White House traditionally hosts a big Fourth of July celebration.