Trump sat in the front row in the Rose Garden Monday as his wife outlined her plan, dubbed "Be Best", to support children, with a focus on well-being, cyber-bullying and opioid addiction.
Melania Trump is launching her initiative as first lady and she's branding it "BE BEST".
Sanders said that the first lady continued to live in the White House and that White House staff regularly saw her in the building.
Trump said the goal of her public awareness campaign is to encourage parents and all adults to impart on children to be kind, refrain from bullying on social media and elsewhere as well as stay away from drugs.
The first lady made headlines for her compassionate reaction when one of the children accidentally spilled his drink. "Aside from the president's solo trips, the family spends most evenings together", she said. "Be Best" is a comprehensive program that will focus on three main points - children's well-being, fighting opioid abuse and positivity on social media.
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Modern first ladies typically highlight personal causes, from Nancy Reagan's campaign to get kids to "Just Say No" to drugs to the emphasis the late Barbara Bush and her daughter-in-law Laura Bush placed on literacy and education to Michelle Obama's signature "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity, which she launched about a year after moving to the White House.
She has also spoken to children about dealing with negativity and self-esteem when she visited schools like a middle school in MI last October. "I want to help children everywhere be their best, so with your help, we can achieve positive results", the first lady said, before asking the children to go around and introduce themselves and tell her their favorite hobbies.
During that meeting, the first lady appeared to indirectly address the elephant in the room: her husband's frequent use of name-calling in his tweets. "I have been criticized for my commitment to tackling this issue and I know that will continue, but it will not stop me from doing what I know is right".
"I do believe that children should be both seen and heard, and it is our responsibility as adults to educate and remind them that when they are using their voices - whether verbally or online - they must choose their words wisely and speak with respect and compassion", the first lady said.