Melania Trump: I’m ‘One of the Most Bullied People in the World’
In wide-ranging remarks that aired Thursday morning, the first lady also shared how she 'gives honest advice and honest opinions' to the president
First lady Melania Trump understands bullying firsthand — which is partly why she created her “Be Best” campaign to help children use social media appropriately.
One need only check various social media platforms to read the negative, insulting and often vile comments that are almost routinely made about the first lady — and that behavior is partly what’s driving her to help the next generation through these troubling issues.
Melania Trump said in an interview that aired Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she is “the most bullied person in the world,” changing that ultimately to “one of the most bullied,” as CNN reported.
“I could say I’m the most bullied person [in] the world,” Mrs. Trump said in an interview she did during her solo trip to Africa last week, when she was asked what made her interested in the issue of cyberbullying.
“You’re really the most bullied person in the world?” ABC News’ Tom Llamas, who conducted the interview, which airs in full on Friday, replied.
“One of them, if you really see what people are saying about me,” she said.
When asked how a child perceives online hatred, she responded, “We need to educate the children [about] social-emotional behavior, so when they grow up, they know how to deal with those issues. That’s very important.”
In the interview, she also commented on politics, saying there are still people working for her husband’s administration whom he cannot trust.
She said she has advised him about whom she thinks he can trust, but her husband remains independent in making those decisions.
“I give him my honest advice and honest opinions, and then he does what he wants to do,” she said.
Her opinion apparently carries weight with the commander-in-chief; 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,” as CNN noted.
“Do you think there are still people there that he can’t trust?” asked Llamas.
“Yes,” she replied.
The first lady’s comments come in the wake of a New York Times op-ed published last month by an anonymous Trump administration official — someone who claimed he or she was part of a secret internal “resistance” to the president.
“You need to have really hard evidence — that if you accuse [someone] of something, show the evidence,” she said.
“I do stand with women, but we need to show the evidence,” she also said. “You cannot just say to somebody, ‘I was sexually assaulted,’ or ‘You did that to me.’”
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