Melania Trump: When it comes to me, media focuses on 'unimportant stuff'

Melania Trump: When it comes to me, media focuses on 'unimportant stuff'
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First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump breaks ground on new White House tennis pavilion Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Buttigieg unveils aggressive plan to lower drug prices | Supreme Court abortion case poses major test for Trump picks | Trump takes heat from right over vaping crackdown Kroger to stop sales of e-cigarettes at stores MORE said the media likes "to focus on different unimportant stuff" while she seeks to help children grow up to "be responsible in their own lives" in an interview following a speech at Liberty University on Wednesday.

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"I think you could be one of the most influential first ladies maybe since Nancy Reagan," submitted CRTV host Eric Bolling, a former Fox News host. "So this is a really important step. Do you get credit in the media?"

"Well, they would like to portray different stories and focus on different, unimportant stuff really," replied the first lady. "And I'm here to shine the light on important stuff and talk about the things that I can help - next generation, our children, and to grow up in young adults and later to adults and be responsible in their own lives."

The comments from Melania Trump come after she was mocked in some media circles for her choice of the White House Christmas decorations that were unveiled at the White House on Tuesday. Criticism included The Washington Post headline, "Melania Trump didn’t show up to explain her spooky Christmas decorations" and Slate, which ran the headline "What Message Is Melania Trump Sending With Her Red Christmas Trees of Death?"

The first lady dismissed the criticism, saying she thought the trees looked "fantastic."

“We are in the 21st century and everybody has a different taste,” she added. “I think they look fantastic.” Melania then invited the large student audience to visit the White House. “I hope you will all come over to visit. In real life they look even more beautiful. You are all welcome to visit the White House, the people’s house."