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The Latest: Trump arrives at hospital to visit first lady

By The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on first lady Melania Trump (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived at a military hospital near Washington to visit his wife, Melania, who underwent a procedure to treat a benign kidney condition.

Trump flew by helicopter from the White House to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, early Monday evening. He got out of the helicopter and climbed into an SUV, waving to reporters but declining to speak.

A spokeswoman for the 48-year-old first lady says the procedure Monday morning was successful and was performed without complications.

Mrs. Trump is likely to remain at Walter Reed for the rest of the week.

The White House has not offered any additional details on the first lady's condition.

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5:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump is heading to Walter Reed Medical Center to visit first lady Melania Trump after what he calls a "Successful procedure."

Melania Trump underwent a medical procedure Monday morning to treat a benign kidney condition.

Trump says in a tweet that he is heading to "see our great First Lady, Melania."

He says "she is in good spirits," and adds, "Thank you to all of the well-wishers!"

The White House says Melania Trump will probably be hospitalized for the rest of the week.

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4 p.m.

President Donald Trump is expected to visit first lady Melania Trump at the hospital, where she underwent a procedure to treat a benign kidney condition.

That's according to a White House official who was not authorized to disclose the plan and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The official says the visit to Walter Reed Medical Center is expected later Monday.

A spokeswoman for the 48-year-old first lady says the procedure was successful and there were no complications. Mrs. Trump will likely be hospitalized for the rest of the week.

The White House did not offer any additional details on Mrs. Trump's condition.

She was last seen in public on Wednesday at a White House event to honor military mothers and spouses for Mother's Day.

— By Darlene Superville

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3:30 p.m.

The White House says Melania Trump is hospitalized after undergoing a procedure to treat a benign kidney condition.

The first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, says that the procedure Monday morning was successful and that there were no complications.

Grisham says Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center just outside Washington and will likely remain there for the rest of the week.

Last week, the first lady launched her "Be Best" initiative to help children be their best selves.

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