First lady Melania Trump on Wednesday urged global leaders to be more “accountable” for the learning and development of children, including monitoring what young people see on social media.
In a speech arguing that “our generation’s moral imperative [is] to take responsibility for what our children learn” during an event at the United Nations in New York, Trump spoke about her intended focus as first lady: children’s education and teaching “the Golden Rule.”
“We must turn our focus right now to the message and content they are exposed to on a daily basis through social media, the bullying, the experience online and in person, and the growing global epidemic of drug addiction and drug overdose,” she said.
The remarks left unmentioned the social media messages of her husband, President Donald Trump, who frequently uses Twitter to unleash attacks and insults, peddle conspiracy theories and retweet tasteless images.
Just this week, the president retweeted an edited video clip depicting him hitting a golf ball and striking election opponent Hillary Clinton. In July, he promoted an image that appeared to endorse violence against journalists.
Melania Trump has said she has an interest in using her role to advocate for issues involving children and education, including combating cyberbullying. But that announcement, during her husband’s campaign, drew widespread mockery.