A brief video shared on Twitter from the event shows the first lady and President TrumpDonald John TrumpMelania Trump to attend event with Gold Star families on Monday US official: North Korea's top military officials replaced Iran urges countries to stand up to Trump's "bullying" on nuke deal MORE entering the reception.
Last week Mrs Trump sought to quell speculation about her health. She's not scheduled to accompany Trump to an annual world leaders' summit in Canada this weekend, or when he meets with North Korea's leader in Singapore next week. Four days later, the first lady was admitted to hospital to treat a benign kidney condition.
"It was a privilege to welcome Gold Star Families to the White House today to recognize our Nation's fallen heroes and their families", she said in the statement. "She has had several meetings internally with staff and will continue to do so this week".
Following her medical operation, her absence at events where the public has come to expect to see her alongside the president was well documented, leading her to take to Twitter to castigate reporters. She underwent surgery on May 14 for a benign kidney condition. "Melania Missing" posters are popping up on telephone poles in Manhattan.
It's still unclear when the first lady will make an appearance in public.
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The first lady's lack of recent viewings, prior to Monday's event, has created a storm of "where is she?" memes on the internet, and speculation on her whereabouts ran the gamut, from New York City to Palm Beach.
The first lady skipped ceremonies, including a Memorial Day wreath-laying.
As President Trump left the White House on May 25, he said his wife was "doing great", in response to a question shouted by a reporter.
Trump said on Friday the summit he had cancelled the previous week was back on after he received the North Korean delegation bearing a letter from Kim. Everyone I know can't stop talking about where the first lady is.
She went quiet in March as a media storm raged about revelations that her husband's lawyer paid porn star Stormy Daniels US$130,000 before the 2016 election to keep silent over her alleged affair with Mr Trump years earlier.