Trump's comments only deepened the mystery surrounding his wife's hospitalization in mid-May and her weeks-long absence from the public eye.
The President's revelation of the length and severity of what he described as Melania Trump's "operation", paints the embolization procedure as considerably more complex and serious than initially described. "She can not travel internationally yet, and is doing great".
When asked if the embolization was the only procedure performed that day, Ms. Grisham said that it was.
"First lady is great".
The president previously has provided details to the public about his wife's medical procedure that turned out to be incorrect.
Trump's use of the word "operation" differs from the statement put out by her office when it announced she was hospitalized on May 14 at Walter Reed Military Medical Center. Mrs. Trump's Communications Director, Stephanie Grisham, said the procedure was a success and without complication.
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"The First Lady is great.she wanted to go - can't fly for one month", he said.
"There's no question that family members can sometimes feel as if the procedure is something of that magnitude", Dr. Hong said, "from the time the patient departs the pre-procedure area until the time they see the patient again". She is resting comfortably and remains in high spirits.
The first lady's absence from public view began soon after she unveiled her initiative to teach kindness to children, sparking all sorts of theories about where she was, including that she had packed her bags and moved back to the family's Trump Tower penthouse in NY.
The seemingly unending speculation about her whereabouts appeared to irritate Trump and his wife. During her recovery from surgery they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H. "All Fake, she is doing really well!" Add Melania Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Melania Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
He also tweeted, "four reporters spotted Melania in the White House last week walking merrily along to a meeting".
President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters and attend a 2018 Hurricane Briefing in Washington, DC, on June 6, 2018. On Monday night, the first lady made her first White House appearance when she attended a private event to honor Gold Star families.