Melania Trump to visit Detroit middle school to combat bullying

Melania Trump to visit Detroit middle school to combat bullying
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Melania Trump will visit a Detroit middle school Monday as part of the nationwide “Week of Inclusion” and National Bullying Prevention Month, kicking off her anti-bullying campaign that she has said will be a focus of hers as first lady.

According to a White House release, the first lady will speak to students and join them for lunch, encouraging them to take part in the anti-bullying, “#NoOneEatsAlone” campaign. 

“As part of my ongoing commitment to the overall well-being of children, I am looking forward to today’s visit,” Trump said of Monday's visit. “By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit. … It is our responsibility to take the lead in teaching children the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of kindness, mindfulness, integrity, and leadership.”

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Trump in a speech to the United Nations last month condemned bullying and said she was committed to fighting against it.

"We must remember that they are watching and listening, so we must never miss an opportunity to teach life's ethical lessons along the way,” Trump said in her speech.

“As adults we are not merely responsible, we are accountable. I hope you will join me in recommitting ourselves to teaching the next generation to lead and honor the golden rule, do unto others as you would have do unto you," she said.

Critics of the Trump presidency have called out the irony in the first lady pushing an anti-bullying agenda, given her husband’s penchant for name-calling on Twitter. The majority of Americans have described President Trump himself as a "bully."

"Mrs. Trump is independent and acts independently from her husband,” Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, told CNN. “She does what she feels is right, and knows that she has a real opportunity through her role as first lady to have a positive impact on the lives of children. Her only focus is to effect change within our next generation.”