Melania Trump to attend Liberty University town hall about opioids: report

Melania Trump to attend Liberty University town hall about opioids: report
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First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden, Kate Middleton visit school together in first meeting Jill Biden wears 'LOVE' jacket 'to bring unity' to meeting with Boris Johnson White House gets back to pre-COVID-19 normality MORE will reportedly join a town hall event at Liberty University next week addressing the opioid addiction crisis alongside top Trump administration officials.

The first lady will be joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenLeft-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' House Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing MORE, according to Politico. The event on Nov. 28 is to be hosted by conservative commentator Eric Bolling and Dianna De La Garza, the mother of singer Demi Lovato.


Three people with knowledge of the first lady's plans confirmed her attendance to Politico, and Bolling told the news outlet that he was “honored to join forces with First Lady Melania Trump to fight the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation.”

The White House has not yet confirmed her attendance and did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill. A Liberty University official told Politico that Trump "has confirmed twice that she will be there and will be participating.”

News of her attendance comes a month after President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE signed a wide-reaching bill including dozens of provisions meant to curb abuse of opioids.

"Together we are going to end the scourge of drug addiction in America," the president said during a White House ceremony in October. "We are either going to end it or we are going to make an extremely big dent in this terrible, terrible problem."

The first lady also met with families affected by the opioid epidemic and pre-natal opioid exposure in Philadelphia last month, again joined by Azar at the time.

“There are few things harder than seeing a newborn suffering,” Trump said last month, according to a transcript. “I am anxious to do all I can to help shine a light on this.”