Melania Trump on tweets: I’ve told my husband to put down the phone

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First lady Melania Trump said Saturday that she doesn’t always agree with things her husband writes on Twitter, joking she has asked him before to put down his phone.

“I don’t always agree with what he tweets and I tell him that, I give him my honest opinion and honest advice,” Trump told reporters in Egypt during her tour of Africa, her first solo trip as first lady. “Sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn’t.”

“I have my own voice and my opinions and it’s very important for me that I express what I feel,” she added.{mosads}

When pressed if she was trying to “scare” President Trump into being more polite or sensitive, the first lady responded, “No, I tell him my opinions, what I believe, and in some of them maybe we don’t agree.”

“I’m not elected, he’s the president.”

When asked by reporters if she had ever requested that her husband to put his phone down, the first lady laughed and responded “yes.”

The first lady has in the past addressed her husband’s often combative and personal tweets targeting perceived critics.

After Trump went after NBA star LeBron James for appearing on Don Lemon’s CNN show in August, questioning the basketball player’s intelligence when he criticized the president, the first lady voiced her support for James.

Melania Trump said in a statement that “it looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation.” 

The first lady also launched a campaign to end cyberbullying in August, a move which the president reportedly tried to discourage.

According to The New York Times, the president told his wife that she was inviting backlash based on his tendency to go after people on Twitter himself.

Updated: 2:03 p.m.

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