President pays return visit to first lady
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump visited his wife, Melania, in the hospital Tuesday as she continues to recover after a kidney procedure.
Trump said earlier Tuesday that the first lady is “doing really well” and that he expected her back at the White House before the end of the week.
He arrived by helicopter at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington on Tuesday afternoon and stayed for about 90 minutes before returning to the White House. He also visited Monday after doctors performed the “embolization” procedure.
“Melania is doing really well. She’s watching us right now,” Trump said Tuesday as he spoke at an annual tribute to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
“And I want to thank the incredible doctors. … They did a fantastic job,” Trump added.
At the Capitol later, where he joined Republican senators at their weekly lunch, Trump reiterated that his wife is “really doing well.”
Trump had tweeted earlier Tuesday that his wife “will be leaving hospital in 2 or 3 days.” Her spokeswoman had said in a statement Monday that the first lady was likely to remain hospitalized for “the duration of the week.”
The White House said the procedure was “successful” but withheld details of the first lady’s condition, citing her privacy.