White House spokeswoman for First Lady Melania Trump, Stephanie Grisham, slammed the popular TV programme The View over their "shameful" discussion of allegations that FLOTUS has been using a double to replace her at various public appearances, such as one she recently made in Alabama.
Grisham noted that Melania had travelled to the tornado-ravaged state to "pay respects and comfort victims" of the disaster, while The View "choose[s] to laugh in the face of tragedy".
Several of the TV programme's hosts explored the popular online conspiracy theory, finding a handful of arguments by netizens convincing.
"That one, in that picture, doesn't look like her. It's a different shaped face", co-host Joy Behar said.
However, another co-host, Abby Huntsman, noted that it would be too difficult to arrange a double for the FLOTUS and said that she wasn't convinced.
The rumour that Melania Trump has been sending a double to public events instead of going herself has been circulating on the internet under the hashtag #FakeMelania for some time, with many users alleging that she doesn't enjoy appearing in public with her husband, US President Donald Trump.