After the event, her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said the first lady was well aware of the criticism surrounding the President's combative use of Twitter to attack his enemies. She said she was also "inspired by their honest commitment to reducing peer-to-peer bullying through kindness and open communication".
She later described Trump's advocacy against cyberbullying as "a honest campaign meant to help children". The students provide the computer software maker with ideas and feedback for Microsoft's policy work on youth-centred online safety. "I was impressed by their deep understanding of how important it is to be safe, and was inspired by their honest commitment to reducing peer-to-peer bullying through kindness and open communication".
President TrumpDonald John TrumpArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in "Handmaid's Tale" costume Bomb in deadly Yemen school bus attack was manufactured by United States firm: report MORE reportedly discouraged Melania from focusing on social media in her anti-bullying initiative, according to the New York Times. He called former CIA Director John Brennan a "political hack". 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 behaviour as president.
Mrs. Trump has accompanied the president to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Brussels, France, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Finland, for his recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump also tweeted against Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who has come under Republican scrutiny for his contacts to Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS.
President Trump has not visited Africa since taking office.
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The home-and-away element will now be restricted to a two-day tie in February as part of the qualifying round. ITF president David Haggerty said he expected an announcement confirming the location in the next two weeks.
"Let's face it", she said.
"That 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", she added, referring to her initiative on children's issues.
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. He said one in five children experience bullying, and that 16 per cent of children now are victims of cyberbullying. He did not go into detail.
"This will be my first time traveling to Africa and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history", the first lady said in the statement.
"Because the bullying was also online, I couldn't escape it, no matter where I was", Grunwald said.