Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

First lady Melania Trump to make solo trip to Africa

First lady Melania Trump to make solo trip to Africa

It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly, ' Melania Trump said at the opening of the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Cyberbullying Prevention Summit.

First lady Melania Trump invoked the compassionate nature of her "Be Best" campaign during a summit on Monday, calling for an end to cyberbullying just moments before her husband unleashed his latest Twitter tirade.

Though she has visited many global destinations while accompanying President Donald Trump - including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, France, Poland, Turkey, China, South Korea, Japan, England and Belgium - she had yet to branch out on her own for a significant journey.

The first lady sat in the audience to listen to their conversation.

Asked whether she spoke up if she felt he crossed a line, the first lady said, "Yes, I tell him all the time".

"Let's face it", she said.

She said that everyone attending shared one goal: "to pave a smooth way forward for our children, our next generation". She recently launched a USA -based effort focused on the well-being of children.

US first lady Melania Trump (L) listens to University of Texas student Joseph Grunwald recount how he was bullied in high school during a Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention summit.

Melania Trump made no mention of the president in her brief remarks at the outset of Monday's conference in Rockville, Md.

"I am going to do whatever I can to try and prevent these abuses occurring in the future and if that means going to court I will do that", added Brennan, who served under Presidents Obama and George W. Bush.

At the same time, President Donald Trump was on Twitter, railing against John Brennan, whom he called a "hack" and "the worst CIA Director in our country's history" as summit panelists discussed the need for adults to be "good digital role models" for children.

It's only been days since President Donald Trump called his former White House aide, Omarosa a "dog" on the platform.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the Health Resources and Services Administration, which sponsored the conference and which his department oversees, began an anti-bullying campaign in 2001 to help raise awareness. "By listening to children's ideas and concerns, I believe adults will be better able to help them navigate this often-difficult topic". He said one in five children experience bullying, and that 16 per cent of children now are victims of cyberbullying.

"Bullying is an impediment that must be addressed and stopped, and it has no place in our communities", she said.

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