After speaking, Mrs. Trump took a seat in the front row and listened to a panel discussion featuring representatives of Facebook, Google, Twitter and the nonprofit Family Online Safety Institute talk about how they're responding to the issue. Later in the speech, she then added, "Let's face it: most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults".
Trump's remarks at the Rockville, Md., summit focused largely on the importance of "positive" and "responsible" online behavior. "It can be used in many positive ways, but also can be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly", she said.
First lady Melania Trump called for an end to cyberbullying of children Monday, and promptly became the target of vicious online insults from her husband's opponents.
While her remarks focused on children, many journalists couldn't help but bring up the irony of the moment.
Melania Trump has condemned social media trolls as "destructive and harmful" less than a week after her husband called a former aide a "dog" online.
Though she has visited many worldwide destinations while accompanying President Donald Trump - including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, France, Poland, Turkey, China, South Korea, Japan, England and Belgium - she had yet to branch out on her own for a significant journey.
As the first lady participated in the summit, President Trump spent part of his Monday morning firing off a series of tweets in which he blasted special counsel Robert Mueller as "disgraced and discredited" and also labeled former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance he revoked last week, as "the worst CIA Director in our country's history". Brennan, who led the Central Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama, a Democrat, has been an outspoken critic of Trump, a Republican, over his performance and behavior as president.
'I can " t decide if Melania's cyber-bullying campaign is just a massive troll on her husband or if she is truly unaware of all of the context here, ' CNN's Chris Cillizza tweeted. "The president is proud of her commitment to children and encourages her in all that she does". She is well aware of the criticism, but that will not deter her from doing what she feels is right. Her Be Best campaign has emphasized the responsibility of adults in ensuring children's well-being. "And he could do whatever he likes with it", Trump said.
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives alongside US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar (L) arrive for the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention. She said bullying of Asian Americans is often compounded by cultural differences, and that cyberbullying is "still pervasive".