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

A spokeswoman for Melania TrumpMelania TrumpEx-Melania Trump adviser raised concerns of excessive inauguration spending weeks before events: CNN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump moves green cards, citizenship away from poor, low-skilled White House seeks volunteers, musicians for Christmas celebrations MORE said Wednesday the first lady watches "any channel she wants" in response to a report that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' 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.