Melania Trump to appear on CNN coronavirus town hall Thursday night

Melania Trump to appear on CNN coronavirus town hall Thursday night
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Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump privately blamed Black Americans for lacking initiative: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Ginsburg lies in repose Melania Trump: Ginsburg's 'spirit will live on in all she has inspired' MORE will appear on CNN's weekly global town hall, "Coronavirus: Facts and Fears," on Thursday night, marking the first time the first lady has appeared on the cable news network since President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE took office.

"Her remarks, which will be pre-recorded, are the first solo broadcast message from [Melania] Trump since the onset of the pandemic," CNN said in an announcement.

"It is anticipated she will specifically address the nation's students, most of whom have had their academic lives altered by stay-at-home orders and other precautionary health measures," according to CNN.

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The network's weekly town hall on the pandemic, which debuted in March, is hosted by "AC360" anchor Anderson Cooper and CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The series has featured a wide range of guests, including former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreBusiness groups start gaming out a Biden administration Cruz says Senate Republicans likely have votes to confirm Trump Supreme Court nominee 4 inconclusive Electoral College results that challenged our democracy MORE, filmmaker Spike Lee and teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.

CNN noted that Melania Trump has traveled outside the White House once since March 10, to give remarks at a National Parent Teacher Association event in nearby Alexandria, Va.

President Trump, who often criticizes CNN in dubbing it "fake news," has not appeared on the network since taking office. His last interview on the network was in August 2016 on Cooper's prime-time program.

On a call with governors obtained by CNN discussing COVID-19 response, President Trump praised the first lady as a "great representative" of the country, adding that she's done "a fantastic job."