First Lady Melania Trump made a bold statement regarding why she created her “Be Best” initiative. The president’s wife claimed that she is among the most bullied people in the world.
“I could say I’m the most bullied person on the world,” Trump told ABC News in an interview during her first major solo trip to Africa last week. She gave this answer in response to a question as to what personally made her want to tackle the issue of cyberbullying.
“You’re really the most bullied person in the world?” ABC News’ Tom Llamas asked.
“One of them, if you really see what people saying about me,” Trump declared.
EXCLUSIVE: First lady Melania Trump says her “Be Best” policy platform targeting online bullies is personal. “I could say that I’m the most bullied person in the world,” she tells ABC. https://t.co/iiEv5Z3ijv pic.twitter.com/CWZ7g9by27
— ABC News (@ABC) October 11, 2018
When the First Lady was asked how bullying could affect children, including her son Barron, Trump said that is why her initiative is focused on social media and online behavior.
“We need to educate the children of social-emotional behavior, so when they grow up, they know how to deal with those issues,” Trump said. “That’s very important.”
Melania also told ABC News in the taped interview that there are still people working in the Trump administration that President Donald Trump cannot trust.
She said that she has advised her husband about who she believes he can trust, but that her husband remains independent in making staffing decisions.
“I give him my honest advice and honest opinions, and then he does what he wants to do,” Trump said. Asked what her husband did when she suggested some staffers couldn’t be trusted, the first lady replied, “Well, some people, they don’t work there anymore.”
The first lady’s comments follow a controversial New York Times op-ed published last month from an anonymous senior Trump administration official who claimed they were part of an internal resistance to the President.