Melania spokeswoman: She can watch 'any channel she wants'

A spokeswoman for Melania TrumpMelania TrumpRaskin: Grisham told Jan. 6 panel about 'names that I had not heard before' Grisham says former Trump officials meeting next week 'to try and stop him' Former Trump press secretary to meet Wednesday with Jan. 6 committee MORE said Wednesday the first lady watches "any channel she wants" in response to a report that President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE was upset she tuned in to CNN on a recent trip abroad.

Stephanie Grisham, director of communications for the first lady, said in a statement to The Hill that the media would be better served covering issues that Melania Trump is promoting, like children who deal with bullying, or infants who are exposed to drug addiction while in the womb.


Both are staples of the first lady's Be Best initiative, and the latter was the focus of her trip on Tuesday to a Tennessee children's hospital.

“Seems kind of silly to worry about what channel she watches on TV (any channel she wants [by the way]) or if she heard some recording on the news,” Grisham said, referencing an audio recording between Michael Cohen and the president about a payment to a former Playboy model who alleges she had an affair with Trump.

Grisham first provided the statement to CNN's Kate Bennett.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that President Trump grew upset when he saw the first lady’s television aboard Air Force One tuned to CNN during a recent trip to Europe.

The president frequently derides CNN as “fake news” and caused “a bit of a stir” when he saw CNN on Air Force One, the Times reported, citing an email containing an internal exchange about it between White House officials.

Trump has shown a preference for Fox News for years, and particularly since taking office.

He often cites the network or praises its hosts via Twitter and is known to be close with host Sean Hannity. He also recently hired former Fox News executive Bill Shine as a White House communications staffer.

Updated at 11:30 a.m.