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Speaking to Tom Llamas during her first solo trip abroad to Africa, the first lady said that the intense scrutiny she faces online inspired her campaign against cyberbullying.
“I could say I’m the most bullied person in the world — one of them, if you really see what people are saying about me,” she said.
The former model has been widely mocked for her Be Best initiative, since her husband, President Donald Trump, frequently takes to Twitter to attack people for their looks, intelligence and talent. Still, Melania told Llamas that she feels passionately about the cause.
“My Be Best initiative is focusing on social media and online behavior,” she continued. “We need to educate the children of social, emotional behavior so when they grow up, they know how to deal with those issues.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Melania revealed that there are people within her husband’s administration who she does not trust, given the constant revolving door of White House employees. While some of those people “don’t work there anymore,” some still do.
“It’s difficult sometimes because I’m so busy with my office [that] I don’t get involved with [the] West Wing,” she said.
The first lady also opened up about the possibility of living in the White House for another six years if her husband were to run for a second term.
“I believe that my husband is doing an incredible job for this nation and I want the American people to have success, so whatever he will decide, I will support him,” she said. “I’m enjoying it. I really love to live in the Washington and in the White House. And, yes, I’m enjoying it.”
During an earlier clip from her interview with ABC News, which aired Wednesday morning on GMA, Melania weighed in on the #MeToo movement. While she said she stands with victims of sexual assault, the first lady said that “men, not just women” need support.
“We need to have really hard evidence that if you’re accused of something, show the evidence,” said the Slovenia native, whose husband was accused of sexual assault by multiple women ahead of the 2016 election.
“I do stand with women, but we need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody, ‘I was sexually assaulted,’ or, ‘You did that to me,'” she added. “Because, sometimes, the media goes too far and the way they portray some stories, it’s not correct. It’s not right.”
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