First lady on secret trip to visit injured service members

First lady on secret trip to visit injured service members
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 has made another secret trip, though this one was carried out closer to home.

The first lady is visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She traveled to the Washington-area hospital on Tuesday morning for a visit the White House did not publicly announce until after she arrived.

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

The Walter Reed stop follows back-to-back secret trips by the first lady to the U.S.-Mexico border in recent weeks to visit with migrant children who have been separated from their families under the president’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

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