First Lady Melania Trump opens up about son Barron, says she teaches him right from wrong
While the former glamour model is usually guarded about her son and limits her public appearances as much as she can, she's kept a much higher profile in recent months
During a wide-ranging discussion at a town hall in Virginia Wednesday, First Lady Melania Trump called the opioid epidemic in the country the "worst drug crisis in American history." Melania took a few impromptu questions from the audience as she promoted her "Be Best" campaign. She addressed unusual topics at the event, right from her taste in holiday decorations to a subject that is typically off limits, her son Barron, CBS reported.
During a speech at Liberty University, Melania said: "I'm here speaking to you in my official capacity as first lady, but I want you to know that I'm also here as a mother." The first lady urged the importance of being "kind and respectful" on social media and stressed her initiative includes combating opioid addiction and cyberbullying. "I knew when I started Be Best and with social media initiative that I will be criticized, but I will do what is right for the next generation," Melania said. "Sometimes you need to fight back. I'm sorry."
In the conversation, Melania brought up her 12-year-old old son and shed some light on what keeps him busy. "I teach him what is right, what is wrong," the former fashion model said. "He doesn't have a social media yet – he's not interested in it. He's all into sport."
While the former glamour model is usually guarded about her son and limits her public appearances as much as she can, she's kept a much higher profile in recent months. Last month, she took her first international solo trip to Africa and has been promoting her anti-bullying message. After a public feud, the first lady shook up the White House administration and pushed for Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel to be dismissed.
About the media, the current FLOTUS said she doesn't care much for the issues they focus on. "Well, they would like to portray different stories and focus on different, unimportant stuff really," Melania said. "And I'm here to shine the light on important stuff and talk about the things that I can help - next generation, our children, and to grow up in young adults and later to adults and be responsible in their own lives."
Melania, addressing the new Christmas decorations that Twitter users mocked with #BloodTrees simply laughed it off. She opened up about her life in the White House. "We are in 21st century and everybody has a different taste. I think they look fantastic," she said.
Sending our love & support to the troops this holiday season. Honored to visit the @RedCross w @SecondLady yesterday to help create comfort kits for military who are currently deployed. Thank you for all you do! pic.twitter.com/Hnvw0awKBu— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 28, 2018
Melania is scheduled to accompany her husband, U.S. President Donald Trump, to the G20 summit Thursday morning. Responding to calls for sharing her life experiences in an autobiography, Melania joked that she could write many books with what's going on in her life.