President Donald Trump said Tuesday, May 15, that his wife, Melania, is “doing really well,” although she remains hospitalized following a medical procedure to treat a kidney condition the White House described as benign. He said he expected the first lady back home at the White House before the end of the week.
The president also praised her doctors for doing a “fantastic job.”
“Melania is doing really well. She’s watching us right now,” Trump said as he addressed an annual tribute to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The ceremony at a police memorial near the Capitol was broadcast live on cable TV.
Trump traveled to a military hospital near Washington on Monday, May 14, to visit the first lady.
Trump flew by helicopter from the White House to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, early Monday evening. He got out of the helicopter and climbed into an SUV, waving to reporters but declining to speak.
A spokeswoman for the 48-year-old first lady said the Monday morning procedure was successful and performed without complications.
The White House has not offered any additional details on the first lady’s condition.
President Trump thanked everyone for their love and support.
Our great First Lady is doing really well. Will be leaving hospital in 2 or 3 days. Thank you for so much love and support!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2018