First Lady Melania Trump spoke at a town hall at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, which was filled with its college students. The faith-based college’s president wife, Becki invited her as its guest. Donald Trump’s wife spoke on a wide range of subjects that seriously impact the country’s children.
She talked about everything from the social media and its negative impact upon children to the opioid crisis and how that affects children’s health. Mrs. Trump also addressed another topic close to her heart: cyberbullying.
Given how her husband has created his own cyberbullying form of governing, it seems odd for this to be Mrs. Trump’s first issue. Melania Trump urged people to be “respectful and kind” on social media. However, CNN reported that she said:
‘And also sometimes you need to fight back, I’m sorry.’
The president’s wife delved into what the horrendous opioid epidemic has been doing to this country. Over 60,000 people died last year, many of them young people. It is not uncommon for kids to die after taking one wrong, imported pill. She said:
‘I also believe you have the capacity to not think of this in terms of statistics, but to think of this as a human story and an opportunity to save lives. While you may never personally become addicted, the chances of you knowing someone who struggles with it are very high. And if you, or someone you know needs help, you need to be brave enough to ask, or strong enough to stand with them as they fight through the disease.’
Melania Trump’s umbrella program “Be Best” includes her anti-opioid initiative:
‘When I took on opioid abuse as one of the pillars of my initiative “Be Best,” I did it with the goal of helping children of all ages. I have visited several hospitals and facilities that are dedicated to helping all who have been affected by this disease — including people who are addicted, babies born addicted and families coping with addiction of a loved one.’
The first lady continued covering the issue, especially on how the crisis has a ripple-effect on family, “friends, coworkers or neighbors:”
‘What has struck me with each visit is how this epidemic has touched so many people — whether it is because of personal use, or that of family members, friends, coworkers or neighbors — opioid addiction is an illness that has truly taken hold of our country.’
She also spoke about spending time with Donald Trump:
‘In the evenings, we try to get together, have dinner, (but) when you’re first lady, you have no free time.’
One question concerned whether she ever would “make a casserole or something.” Melania Trump responded with a laugh:
‘Not really … we can do that maybe in the future when I’m a little less busy.’
Another question was about her naked blood-red Christmas trees in the White House this year:
‘We are in 21st century and everybody has different taste. I think they look fantastic. I hope everybody will come over and visit it. In real life, they look even more beautiful and you are all very welcome to visit the White House, the People’s House.’
Given that Melania Trump never signed up for the job of first lady, she has taken over the role with quiet dignity. That’s more than her husband can manage.
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