Melania Trump keeps straight face as she attacks ‘destructive and harmful’ cyberbullies
Aug 21 2018
The first lady has raised eyebrows with her "Be Best" campaign that encourages good online behavior, considering her husband's tendency to bully and insult others on Twitter.
That being said, no one is surprised people are outraged by Melania's stance on the matter when her own husband is a pro at cyberbullying.
One frequent critic tweeted that the first lady must be brain-damaged.
After speaking, Mrs. Trump took a seat in the front row and listened to a panel discussion featuring representatives of Facebook, Google, Twitter and the nonprofit Family Online Safety Institute talk about how they're responding to the issue. "This is why Be Best chooses to focus on the importance of teaching our next generation how to conduct themselves safely and in a positive manner in an online setting", she said.
"She is well aware of the criticism, but that will not deter her from doing what she feels is right", communications director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
Melania Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, spelled out the willful refusal by many to take the first lady's message as honest and needed, whatever the president's actions may be, calling Mrs. Trump "independent".
'It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly.
Melania Trump speaks at the FPBP Summit on cyberbullying in Maryland on August 20, 2018.
"Social media is an inevitable part of our children's daily lives".
He had spent part of his morning launching a fresh round of insults on Twitter, calling special counsel Robert Mueller "disgraced and discredited" and labelling former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan a "hack" and the "worst Central Intelligence Agency director in our country's history".
Just minutes after Melania's speech he was attacking John Brennan, whose security clearance he removed last week simply for criticizing him, calling him a "hack" and the "worst CIA Director in our country's history".
Mrs. Trump and her team, however, are taking the backlash in stride. "By listening to children's ideas and concerns, I believe adults will be better able to help them navigate this often-difficult topic".
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives alongside US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar (L) arrive for the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention.
Holly Ham, executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, said the issue is "very personal" to her as a mother.
She added that she also looks forward to highlighting successful humanitarian work and development programs underway in the African countries.