Melania Trump is not a 'reluctant' first lady, her spokesperson insists: 'The media consistently ignores her work'
According to Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's activities are vastly "underreported" by major media outlets
First Lady Melania Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham has said the media were undoubtedly going to take her CNN opinion piece as an "assault on the press" and continue to push the narrative that Trump was a reluctant first lady.
Grisham, also known as "the enforcer" by White House insiders, wrote the op-ed in response to a "trivial poll" by multiple outlets claiming Melania's favorable rating among Americans was dropping as well as a scathing article by a CNN contributor who claimed Trump "doesn't understand what it means to be first lady."
While several critics on the left opined that Trump does not want and is not good at her current job, Grisham argued that all the first-lady-like things that Trump has been doing are majorly underreported.
These include: Reading Christmas stories to sick children, flying out to an aircraft carrier to visit members of the military for the holidays, hosting a successful state dinner and dozens of holiday events at the White House, and representing the administration at a state funeral.
#MerryChristmas to all the patients at @Childrenshealth! Thank you to all the nurses, doctors & medical staffers who work around the clock to take care of people this holiday season. pic.twitter.com/XMWILttFua— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 14, 2018
"CNN has a dedicated reporter who covers Mrs. Trump," Grisham wrote. "But the media consistently ignores the first lady's work on behalf of the people of this country, and children in particular, in favor of more trivial matters."
"Each event in her comprehensive 'Be Best' initiative is focused on helping children with the many issues they face today," Grisham continued. "Yet, somehow, she is still characterized as a "reluctant" first lady."
Responding to CNN contributor Kate Anderson Brower's take that Trump does not understand what it means to be the first lady, Grisham described it as a "condescending opinion, apparently written in response to a single answer Mrs. Trump gave in a Fox News interview Wednesday."
"The simple fact is that Mrs. Trump deserves honest reporting and media coverage that focuses on the substance of her message: the importance of helping children grow up to be happy, healthy and socially responsible adults," Grisham wrote.
Grisham has been a staunch defender of Trump throughout her career in the current administration. According to The Washington Post, she drafted the statement over the ouster of Trump administration's former deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel, who was allegedly involved in an argument over the size of Melania's entourage during her trip to Africa in October.
Speaking of Ricardel, Grisham issued a blistering statement to reporters following the decision. "It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House," she wrote.