Melania Trump made headlines earlier this year when she suggested that sick children could be healed by spending more time enjoying nature.
After visiting a pediatric ward in a New York City hospital, the first lady said:
‘I am a passionate believer in integrating and interpreting nature’s elements into our daily lives to create a warm, nurturing and positive environment.’
‘I believe that these same natural benefits can be instrumental to enhancing the health and well-being of all children.’
Not surprisingly, Mrs. Trump’s remarks about nature being able to heal sick children were not well received. Much like her husband, though, she doesn’t seem to have learned her lesson.
On Friday, Trump dedicated a “healing garden” at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. During a speech at the dedication event, she echoed some of her earlier statements about the benefits of spending time outside in the fresh air.
‘This garden will be a quiet space for children to benefit from nature’s most important elements: fresh air and beautiful views, to relax and enjoy in peace. It has always been my belief that a nurturing and positive environment is vital to the health and well-being of all children.’
“Fresh air and beautiful views” surely are beneficial to sick children. However, they’re not as beneficial as health insurance, something many people — including children — will lose if the president succeeds in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
Plenty of people pointed this out to the first lady after she tweeted on Friday about the “wonderful opening ceremony” she participated in for the garden.
‘Wonderful opening ceremony today for the new Healing Garden @chidlrenshealth. It will play vital role in recovery of extraordinary patients.’
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 28, 2017
Many Twitter users commented on the hypocrisy of Melania Trump promoting children’s health while her husband seeks to take away health care from millions of Americans.
Awww…look at all those little girls who won't have access to decent healthcare when they become women because of @realDonaldTrump.
— Matthew Gellert (@MatthewGellert) April 28, 2017
Hopefully they'll still have insurance in a year.
— riotsquirrel (@riotsquirl) April 28, 2017
Insurance plays a vital role in recovery of patients, too.Maybe mention that to your husband the next time you run into him at Mar a Lago?
— Carolyn (@Eightnotenuf) April 28, 2017
Others brought up other budget cuts President Trump has proposed that also will affect the children the first lady says she cares so much about.
if you care about children's health maybe feed them at school and don't cut their healthcare
— Lisa Q. Fetterman (@LisaQFetterman) April 28, 2017
Of course, plenty of other people couldn’t help but comment on the hefty bill Melania Trump is racking up by refusing to move out of Trump Tower and into the White House.
Move to D.C. So the $1 Million a day we spend to protect you at Trump Tower can go help these kids.
— Kristina Womp-Wong ❄️ (@mskristinawong) April 28, 2017
well Melania are you living in the white house now deer
— Dawaynster (@Wayneweismantel) April 28, 2017
Despite the backlash, Mrs. Trump will surely continue to peddle fresh air as a healing tool for sick children; after all, if her husband succeeds in following through with his health care promises, fresh air will be the only treatment option many children have.
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