Trump visits first lady at Walter Reed hospital

Melania Trump undergoes kidney surgery

The first lady underwent the procedure on Monday, and her office said she would likely remain in the hospital for the rest of the week. She will leave the hospital in 2 or 3 days.

President Donald Trump had visited her on Monday, posting on Twitter and saying "Successful procedure, she is in good spirits".

The White House declared the procedure "successful" but has withheld additional information about her condition, citing the first lady's right to privacy.

President Trump spoke with his wife before the procedure and talked to the doctor after it was completed.

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. "Melania is already on the mend", Pence said.

"The treatment of choice" is to cut off the blood supply so the growth shrinks, added Dr. Lambros Stamatakis of MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Such tumors are usually found by accident, when doctors are taking images for another reason, he said. Many times, embolization patients go home the same day or the next. The White House pool reports that he left the White House just after 4:00 pm.

A Slovenia-born former model, Melania married Trump in 2005.

Trump said the first lady is "doing really well" and that he expected her back at the White House before the end of the week. "The fact that she's in the hospital for [the remainder of the] week says to me there's a little more to the story", he said. Mrs. Trump is 48.

Last week, Trump gave a speech in the Rose Garden to announce a new campaign that she's calling "Be Best".

The first lady lived full time in NY during the administration's opening months so Barron would not have to change schools midyear.

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