Melania Trump to speak at cyberbullying summit next week
First lady Melania Trump is planning to attend a summit in Maryland early next week focused on combatting cyberbullying.
The White House announced that the first lady will be “addressing the positive and negative effects of social media on youth” during brief remarks at the summit in Rockville, Md., on Monday.
Trump is also expected to attend a panel discussion with representatives from multiple social media platforms that will be participating in the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit, an annual event that started during the Obama administration.
The first lady is set to make an appearance at the cyberbullying summit just days after President Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric on social media against former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, calling her a “crying lowlife” and “dog” on Twitter.
Trump sent the tweets the same morning that CBS News released a recording in which Manigault Newman appears to discuss with other Trump aides an alleged tape on which she claims Trump used the n-word.
Manigault Newman, who formerly starred on “The Apprentice” and worked on Trump’s campaign before becoming the highest-ranking African American woman in the West Wing after Trump’s election, has been fiercely critical of Trump in recent days.
The pair have bitterly feuded following a number of controversial claims from Manigault Newman’s new book detailing her time in the White House.
Despite criticism over her husband’s tweets, which are regularly used to target the president’s political foes and critics, the first lady said earlier this year that she is undeterred in her efforts to address cyberbullying.
“I’m well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing this topic. I have been criticized by many for my commitment to tackling this issue, and I know that will continue,” she said in March.
“But it will not stop me from doing what I know is right,” she added. “I’m here with one goal: helping children in our next generation.”