Melania Trump Unveils ‘Be Best’ Agenda To Promote Children’s Well-Being

First lady Melania Trump rolled out an agenda Monday that focused on enhancing the well-being of children, soldiering on in her duties against one of the Washington press corps’ most hostile receptions for a first lady and rabid news coverage of the president’s alleged infidelity with adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

At a Rose Garden ceremony, Mrs. Trump said her platform as first lady would aim to help children on three fronts: improving self-esteem, preventing cyberbullying and fighting the opioid addiction epidemic.

“Let us teach our children the difference between right and wrong and teach them to be best in their individual paths in life,” she said, standing between two “Be Best” banners.

She described her agenda as a holistic approach to improving the social, emotional and physical health of the next generation.

It was a broader mission than those tackled by other recent first ladies, such as Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity and Laura Bush’s promotion of literacy.

The news media’s antagonism for Mr. Trump has rubbed off on his wife, although even the most anti-Trump news outlets commended Mrs. Trump’s flare in putting on the administration’s first state dinner last month that hosted French President Emmanuel Macron.

“If President Trump were a Democrat, Mrs. Trump would be front-page news and probably gracing the cover of magazines and newspapers coast-to-cost due to her beauty, fashion, demeanor and general ability to handle herself in the public eye,” said Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist in Washington.

Mrs. Trump has been conspicuously absent from the covers of major U.S. fashion magazines.

Mr. O’Connell referred to Mrs. Trump, a former model who is arguably the most glamorous first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy, as a “secret weapon” in the Trump White House.

“Despite the lack of news coverage she receives, her popularity continues to rise,” he said.

Indeed, Mrs. Trump’s popularity has surged in recent weeks, including among women and Democrats, according to a CNN poll.

A poll conducted for CNN by SSRS found that 57 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Mrs. Trump, up from 47 percent in January.

Read more from S.A. Miller at The Washington Times

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