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First lady on secret trip to visit injured service members

July 3, 2018
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In this June 21, 2018 photo, First lady Melania Trump pauses after signing an artwork of an American flag while visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, Texas. Melania Trump has made another secret trip, though this one was carried out a little closer to home. The first lady is visiting service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center who were injured during combat. She traveled to the Washington-area hospital on Tuesday for a visit that was not publicly announced until after she arrived. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump made another secret trip Tuesday, though she stayed a little closer to home.

The first lady visited with wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after traveling to the Washington-area hospital on a trip the White House did not publicly announce until after she had arrived.

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman, tweeted that Mrs. Trump was visiting with “combat injured service members & their families.”

Mrs. Trump tweeted later Tuesday that she had a “wonderful visit” and offered thanks to the “many dedicated service members & medical staff who take such good care of our men & women in uniform.”

The Walter Reed stop followed recent separate trips by the first lady that were not publicized until she arrived at her destinations in Texas and Arizona along the U.S.-Mexico border. She visited migrant children who have been separated from their families under her husband’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

The first lady also spent five days as a patient at Walter Reed hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, following kidney surgery in May.

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