First lady Melania Trump cancelled her first campaign rally in months on Tuesday, citing a “lingering cough” from her COVID-19 diagnosis earlier this month.
“Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recovery from COVID-19, but with a lingering cough, and out of an abundance of caution, she will not be traveling today,” her chief of staff and spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement to USA TODAY.
Trump, 50, had been scheduled to accompany President Donald Trump to a campaign rally in Erie, Ohio, on Tuesday evening. It would have been her first campaign rally appearance in more than a year and her first public sighting since she and the president tested positive on Oct. 2 for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
She has been in the White House ever since, announcing last week that she had recovered.
She did not visit the president when he went to the hospital for three nights for treatment of COVID-19, nor did she appear when he returned to the White House.
He has since appeared at multiple campaign rallies around the country but she has not been with him.
Her last public appearance related to the campaign was on Sept. 29 at the first presidential debate in Cleveland.
Although unseen, she has not been silent. Last week, she posted a statement on the White House website attacking her former friend and advisor, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, and the media for covering “salacious claims” made in Wolkoff’s book, “Melania and Me,” about the bitter end of their friendship.
Wolkoff has been promoting her book in media appearances since September, including releasing portions of secret tapes she made of phone conversations in which Trump expressed negative views of her job and her media coverage.
“A person who said she ‘made me’ even though she hardly knew me, and someone who clung to me after my husband won the Presidency,” Trump wrote. “This is a woman who secretly recorded our phone calls, releasing portions from me that were out of context, then wrote a book of idle gossip trying to distort my character.”