"We can and should teach children the importance of having social and self-awareness, positive relationship skills, and responsible decision-making," said Mrs. Trump. "Let's teach our children the difference between right and wrong and encourage them to be the best in their individual lives."
Recent first ladies have invested their efforts in targeted programs. Michelle Obama was an advocate for nutrition and fitness, Laura Bush pushed for literacy, Hillary Clinton pushed health care, Barbara Bush promoted reading, Nancy Reagan started a "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign, and Rosalynn Carter tried to reverse the stigma of mental illness , But Ms. Trump has not limited her interests to one topic and instead focuses entirely on helping children.
"There are too many critical issues that children face today to choose only one," said her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham in an email about the First Lady's plans. "She wants to use her platform as First Lady to help as many children as possible."
In her speech, Ms. Trump, who has been reluctant to media, gave some of the longest public remarks she has as First Lady. The event had a festive mood: a scorching afternoon sun in the Rose Garden played a military band "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder in front of Mrs. Trump's performances and "Change the World" by Eric Clapton. The guests nibbled on biscuits with the words "Be Best" in red and blue.
Mrs. Trump set up the logo and program name itself, their advisors said.
Social media observers confiscated the event, noting that the link the White House sent to the "Be Best" website initially issued an error message that Ms. Obama, Trump's immediate predecessor, had given a speech last year in which she asked the men to "get better". During the campaign in 2016, Ms. Trump made a speech that came in part from remarks made by Obama in 2008.
Originally, Mrs. Trump had withdrawn from her original promise to fight cyberbullying after criticizing Trump for his online insults , Knowing that she would be criticized for persecuting something about social media, Mr. Trump suggested that she take an easier route. But Mrs. Trump finally decided to make good online behavior part of something broader, said an official of the. (19659008). Trump seemed pleased. "That was really a nice and warm speech," he said in comments in the rose garden after Mrs. Trump spoke. "So she feels very strong, America is truly blessed to have a First Lady who is so devoted to our country."
In her short time in the White House, Mrs. Trump moved to Washington with her son Barron in June – She took her own profile with just one or two quiet steps, literally: she caught the public eye by wearing high heels on a trip to Texas after being hit by Hurricane Harvey. She also drew positive attention when she spoke against the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a woman was dead.
In January, after news broke that Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniel's porn actress, received $ 130,000 before the 2016 election to keep silent about a sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, Mrs. Trump reduced her publicity performances. Her office rejected her absence by accident, while others near the president said that Mrs. Trump was upset by the news reports.
In recent months, Ms. Trump has often appeared at her side without Mr. Trump, though she has been seen twice to avoid or beat the President's hand during public appearances. She's spreading her platform while Mr. Trump and his legal department have added new, confusing contours to the story of Ms. Clifford.
If Mrs. Trump remains a mystery to most Americans, there is at least some evidence that the public has warmed to the wife of a president whose popularity remains at historically low levels. In a CNN poll from May 2 to May 5, 57 percent of respondents said they rated Mrs. Trump – 10 percentage points more than in January – while 27 percent were negative.
She is still less popular than her two predecessors in the second year of her husbands tenure: According to a July 2010 Gallup poll, Ms. Obama was rated 66 percent positive and 25 percent negative, while Laura Bush was 67 percent and 66 percent negative However, the public has seen less of Mrs. Trump than of the women holding the position in front of her.
Brigitte Macron, the wife of President Emmanuel Macron of France, seemed to grasp some of the challenges of her role as she explained that the American First Lady was essentially trapped in the White House. "Melania can do nothing, she can not even open a window in the White House," said Mrs. Macron of the French newspaper Le Monde. "She can not get her nose out."
A person close to Ms. Trump said she, like other modern First Ladies, was upset against some of the limitations of White House life. But, said this person, she has begun to seize the possibilities of her role, especially because she has been touched by letters she has received from children who have been bullied. According to two others who know her, she has become accustomed to the role primarily because her 12-year-old son is happy in Washington.
"She is a devoted mother," Hilary Ross, wife of Wilbur Ross, Mr. Trump's merchant secretary and frequent Trump's guest, "it said in an interview. "And if her son is happy, she is happy."
Her son, who attends the school in Maryland, was not in the rose garden, as Mrs. Trump delivered her remarks. At the end of her speech, Mrs. Trump called her husband to the podium to sign a proclamation declaring May 7 "Best Day."
"Mr. President?" She asked.
Mr. Trump took the stage and signed the proclamation. After proudly displaying his scrawled presidential order to the crowd, the president grabbed his wife and kissed her on the cheek. Mrs. Trump accepted the kiss, then automatically turned her head and offered her other cheek.
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