|Trump called for educating children on responsible social media habits.
"In today's global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children's daily lives. It can be used in many positive
ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly. This is why Be Best chooses to focus on the
importance of teaching our next generation how to conduct themselves safely and in a positive manner in an online setting,"
Less than one week ago, her husband, President Donald Trump, took to social media to harshly attack a former White
"When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn't work out.
Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!" he tweeted about Omarosa Manigault Newman, prompting
condemnation from his critics.
Her spokeswoman sought to downplay any disconnect between the East Wing and the West Wing, calling the first lady
"She's addressed this before. She is well aware of the criticism, but that will not deter her from doing what she feels is right.
I would hope most people in this country are proud that they have a strong and independent First Lady who only has the
best interests of children at heart - I know I am," the first lady's communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN.
Trump's Be Best campaign, which she launched in May, centers on three key issues for children: well-being, fighting opioid
abuse and positivity on social media.
Speaking about her husband's social media habits in an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" just after the 2016 election,
Melania Trump said that sometimes it got him in trouble, "but it helped a lot, as well."
Asked whether she spoke up if she felt he crossed a line, the first lady said, "Yes, I tell him all the time."
But she conceded that at the end of the day, he does what he wants.
"I think he hears me. But he will do what he wants to do on the end. He's an adult. He knows the consequences. And I
give him my opinion. And he could do whatever he likes with it," Trump said.
Addressing a crowd of social media companies, federal agencies, educational organizations, youth programs, and law
enforcement, Trump said the group shared one goal: "To pave a smooth way forward for our children, our next generation."