WASHINGTON — First Lady Melania Trump lead an anti-cyberbullying event Monday, raising eyebrows since the message stood in stark contrast with her husband’s online activity.
However, the apparent discrepancy won’t hinder the First Lady’s efforts, according to Stephanie Grisham, her communications director.
“The First Lady’s presence at events such as today’s cyberbullying summit elevates an issue that is important to children and families across this country,” Grisham said in a statement. “She is aware of the criticism but it will not deter her from doing what she feels is right. The President is proud of her commitment to children and encourages her in all that she does.”
Melania Trump spoke at the top of Cyberbullying Prevention Summit in Rockville, Md. sponsored by Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention.
In her remarks, the first lady warned that social media “can … be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly.”
“Let’s face it: Most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults, but we still need to do all we can to provide them with information and tools for successful and safe online habits,” she said.
Afterwards, the first lady attended a panel discussion on the topic.
President Donald Trump is well-known for launching aggressive attacks against critics on Twitter.
While the first lady was at the event Monday, Trump tweeted that former CIA Director John Brennan was “the worst CIA Director in our country’s history” and a “political ‘hack.’”
When pool reporters asked Grisham for a response to the tweets, the aide essentially reiterated her earlier statement.
“The first lady has the best interests of children at heart — she is focused on Be Best and using her platform to elevate the important topics of bullying and online safety,” Grisham said.