Melania Trump booed by high school students while addressing youth opioid summit in Baltimore
First Lady Melania Trump, 39, was booed by a raucous crowd as she made a speech at the youth summit in Baltimore.
First Lady Melania Trump was seen taking her 'Be Best' initiative to Baltimore on Tuesday.
Trump was booed at by the attendees at a youth summit which aimed at raising awareness about the nation's rampant opioid crisis. They were mostly middle and high school students. As reported by CNN, the booing lasted for around a minute after which the audience did not quiet down. They continued to remain raucous and went on to speak over her remarks throughout her speech at the Baltimore Youth Summit.
Undeterred, she moved on and continued with her speech. "Thank you to all of the students who are here. I am so proud of you for the bravery it takes to share that you have been strongly affected by the opioid epidemic in some way," the 49-year-old could be heard saying.
Later on, Trump responded to the booing that she had faced and released a statement where she said, "We live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the fact is we have a serious crisis in our country and I remain committed to educating children on the dangers and deadly consequences of drug abuse".
On Tuesday, Trump had promoted her work 'Be Best' which focuses on children's well being, online safety, as well as opioid abuse. "Promoting education and awareness on these issues will always be one of my top priorities. I am in this fight with you and I am fighting for you," she was heard telling the crowd.
"I encourage you, if you are struggling with addiction right now, reach out for support -- whether it's a teacher, parent, friend, grandparent, coach or pastor, talk to an adult in your life that you trust. It is never too late to ask for help," she continued. Earlier this month, she had to face protesters while visiting the Boston Medical Center.