Today, the First Lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN that people should be paying attention to the issues Mrs. Trump is working on through her Be Best campaign rather than the TV channel she watches.
“Did you know that every 15 minutes a baby is born with NAS? Maybe you’d like to talk about the 160,000 kids who skip school every day for fear of being bullied, or that 280,000 students are physically attacked in schools every month,” Grisham said. “Seems kind of silly to worry about what channel she watches on TV (any channel she wants btw) or if she heard some recording on the news.”
This statement is apparently in response to the story reported by the New York Times yesterday that President Trump was upset when he discovered that CNN was playing on Melania’s TV on Air Force One on a recent trip.
He raged at his staff for violating a rule that the White House entourage should begin each trip tuned to Fox — his preferred network over what he considers the “fake news” CNN — and caused “a bit of a stir” aboard Air Force One, according to an email obtained by The New York Times. The email, an internal exchange between officials in the White House Military Office and the White House Communications Agency last Thursday, also called for the ordering of two additional televisions to support Beam, a TiVo-like streaming device, to make sure the president and first lady could both watch TV in their separate hotel rooms when they travel.
At the end of the email chain, officials confirmed that tuning the TVs to Fox would be standard operating procedure going forward.
Melania’s statement, via her spokeswoman, also comes after Michael Cohen’s recording of then-candidate Donald Trump discussing payments to silence Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006, was made public.
President Trump’s comments at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Missouri yesterday highlight his antipathy towards any news network that is not Fox News. He said, “Stick with us. Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”
⊕ The First Lady rolled out her “Be Best” initiative in May. The roll out has been impeded by her kidney surgery shortly after it was announced.
⊕ Melania says the motto “Be Best” was chosen because, “I want to help children ‘be best’ in everything that they do. To be best at whatever your passion is, where you’re focused, everything in life, really. And be best with each other, to be kind.”
⊕ Melania was in Nashville this week visiting a children’s hospital to discuss neonatal abstinence syndrome and the effect of the opioid crisis on babies.