Melania Trump: Not surprising that critics 'have chosen to ridicule me' for 'Be Best' campaign

First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFormer aide sees Melania Trump as 'the doomed French queen': book If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again? Former Trump aide Stephanie Grisham planning book: report MORE on Thursday said it is not "surprising" to her that "critics in the media have chosen to ridicule" her campaign against online incivility. 

"It is not news or surprising to me that critics in the media have chosen to ridicule me for speaking out on this issue and that’s OK," Trump said during the Family Online Safety Institute's annual conference.


Trump attended the event to promote her "Be Best" campaign, which encourages children to be kind on social media.

"I remain committed to tackling this topic because it will provide a better world for our children," Trump said. "And I hope that like I do, you will consider using their negative words as motivation to do all you can to bring awareness and understanding about responsible online behavior." 

Trump's campaign, which was unveiled this year, has been met with mixed reactions.

Though some have lauded her efforts, others have pointed out that her husband often insults and attacks his opponents on Twitter.

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE's tweets have become a regular component of his administration's activities. He regularly tweets disparaging remarks about the media, his critics and Democrats.

The first lady participated in a panel discussion at Thursday's event with teen advocates against cyber bullying.

In a recent interview she criticized the "left-wing" media, saying she was sending a message to the media when she wore a jacket that said "I really don't care. Do U?" while visiting migrant children in Texas this past summer.

"It's obvious I didn't wear the jacket for the children," Trump said. "I wore the jacket to go on the plane and off the plane. And it was for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me.”