First Lady Melania Trump hit back at those who have criticized her anti-cyberbullying efforts, in a meeting with executives from technology companies Tuesday.
“I am well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing the topic. 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. I am here with one goal: helping children and our next generation,” Mrs. Trump said Tuesday at a roundtable discussion.
The first lady began her remarks by offering thoughts and prayers for those affected by the school shooting in Maryland on Tuesday morning.
“In my role as first lady, I receive many letters from children who have been bullied or feel threatened on social media,” she said.
The Hill reported: The first lady met with representatives from technology companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, Snap and Twitter. She said she hoped to work with those representatives to encourage “positive behaviors on social media.”
Trump announced shortly after her husband’s election that she would make cyberbullying a key issue for her office, and her appearance Tuesday marked her first public event on the topic.
However, many have criticized or mocked her decision to focus on that issue because of her husband’s propensity to use Twitter to attack critics and the news media, including occasionally targeting people’s appearances.
Melania Trump addresses cyberbullying: “I’m well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing this topic.” pic.twitter.com/rtwNAGNI0R
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