During a Rose Garden ceremony on Monday, First Lady Melania Trump is expected to announce a new initiative that she plans to prioritize during her time in the White House.
Trump previously announced that she would be focusing on cyber bullying, but she will now be adding the “overall well-being of children.”
Per BizPac Review:
The first lady has already made cyber-bullying prevention a priority during her tenure as well as the focusing on effects of opioid abuse on newborns, tying in to the federal response to the opioid epidemic. But her spokeswoman explained that Trump will be broadening that platform in her scheduled announcement Monday.
“As has been evidenced by the many events Mrs. Trump has participated in during her time as first lady, her focus will be the overall well-being of children. Something unique though: She has not narrowed her platform down to just one topic as has been done in the past,” Stephanie Grisham told CNN.
Grisham added, “Mrs. Trump wishes to help the next generation by creating change through awareness on a variety of issues that affect children.”
As BizPac Review reports, Trump is already quite involved with helping children wherever her duties as First Lady take her:
Trump has already involved herself with events focused on children, visiting children’s hospitals in the U.S. as well as abroad.
She has also spoken to children about dealing with negativity and self-esteem when she visited schools like a middle school in Michigan last October.
“I always believe that you need to treat each other with respect and kindness and compassion, but also stay true to yourself. Just listen to your heart, but be yourself,” she told them.
Here’s more, per CNN:
Variety has already been the approach in recent months; Trump’s public events have touched on everything from helping children combat negativity, to dealing with the effects of opioid abuse on newborns and being nice while using social media.
Trump has visited children’s hospitals, both here and abroad, and she has also visited schools, including one in Michigan last October, where she encouraged middle schoolers to practice understanding and self-confidence.
“I always believe that you need to treat each other with respect and kindness and compassion, but also stay true to yourself. Just listen to your heart, but be yourself,” Trump told the children.
We had an informative listening session at the @WhiteHouse today. Thank you to each of the students who shared their thoughts & feelings with me. I am listening and know that together, we can work towards ensuring children everywhere can be their very best. pic.twitter.com/tOzhJD6Qbj
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 9, 2018
As recently as last month, the first lady hosted a smaller group of 12 kids at the White House for a listening session about the emotional issues they face in their lives, both at home and in school.
“Thank you in advance for sharing your stories and your thoughts about your struggles and triumphs. I want to help children everywhere be their best, so with your help, we can achieve positive results,” the first lady said, before asking the children to go around and introduce themselves and tell her their favorite hobbies.
And in March, Trump convened a group of leaders from various tech companies, including Twitter, Facebook, Google and Snaphat, to talk about children and internet safety, including cyberbullying and positivity in social media.
I encourage everyone to test the power of kindness on #RandomActsofKindnessDay. It’s an opportunity to teach our children the importance of taking care of one another.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) February 17, 2018
During that meeting, the first lady appeared to indirectly address the elephant in the room: her husband’s frequent use of name-calling in his tweets. Trump acknowledged for the first time her intention to move forward with the topic, despite what could be perceived as hypocrisy.
“I am well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing this topic,” said Trump. “I have been criticized for my commitment to tackling this issue and I know that will continue. But it will not stop me from doing what I know is right.”
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) February 14, 2018