"It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly", Melania said in part as she opened the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Cyberbullying Prevention Summit in Rockville, Maryland.
First lady Melania Trump spoke out against cyberbullying Monday as part of her Be Best campaign, warning against "destructive and harmful" uses of social media and once again highlighting a messaging rift between the East Wing and the West Wing.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump was back home in the White House railing against "disgraced and discredited" special counsel Robert Mueller and his "group of Angry Democrat Thugs" in the wake of news that the team of investigators charged with digging into potential Russian collusion in the 2016 election had spent some 30 hours interviewing White House counsel Don McGahn. She recently launched a US -based effort focused on the well-being of children.
"Let's face it", she said.
Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, later sent out a statement on President Trump's concurrent tweetstorm, saying that Melania Trump's "presence at events such as today's cyberbullying summit elevates an issue that is important to children and families across this country". She is well aware of the criticism, but that will not deter her from doing what she feels is right. "The president is proud of her commitment to children and encourages her in all that she does".
Trump's morning Twitter tirades have become a signature element of his presidency.
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"I launched my Be Best campaign in May, with a focus on the many issues facing children today - one of them being the safe and responsible use of social media", said the first lady.
It was timed to distract reporters from the release of secret recordings damaging to Trump by fired White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, as she plugs her White House tell-all Unhinged.
Melania Trump, in her brief remarks to the summit on Monday, focused on children and her Be Best initiative to help improve the life of young people.
He had spent part of his morning launching a fresh round of insults on Twitter, calling special counsel Robert Mueller "disgraced and discredited" and labelling former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan a "hack" and the "worst Central Intelligence Agency director in our country's history". "And he could do whatever he likes with it", Trump said. She said bullying of Asian Americans is often compounded by cultural differences, and that cyberbullying is "still pervasive".