First lady Melania Trump in a speech on cyberbulling on Monday said social media can be “destructive and harmful when used incorrectly,” just days after President Trump called former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog” on Twitter.
“Let’s face it,” she said at the Rockville, Md., summit focused largely on the importance of “positive” and “responsible” online behavior, “most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults, but we still need to do all we can to provide them with information and tools for successful and safe online habits.”
“[Social media] can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly,” Trump said.
First lady Melania Trump speaks out against cyberbullying as part of her Be Best campaign, warning against "destructive and harmful" uses of social media https://t.co/ZaDPTYfZm9 pic.twitter.com/O8VgZV1qIX
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According to the New York Times, President Trump has discouraged Melania from focusing on social media in her “Be Best” anti-bullying initiative.
Trump reportedly told the first lady that she would likely receive backlash over the topic, given his tendency to cyberbully and insult others on Twitter, the Times reported.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar introduced Trump at the summit as a “leader for America’s children.”