White House press secretary Sarah Sanders blasted the press for “outrageous and ridiculous” rumors about Melania Trump and her marriage to the president.
A recent report by The Washington Post detailing the first lady’s “complicated White House life” sparked a question during Monday’s press briefing.
“Sarah, the story this morning The Washington Post, among many things, reported that there are persistent rumors that Mrs. Trump does not live in this White House,” one reporter asked. “And that she lives with her parents somewhere in the suburbs. What do you make of those rumors?”
Sanders took a torch to the rumors, and the publication.
“I make of the fact that just when you think The Washington Post can’t get things any more wrong, they do,” she replied. “That is an outrageous and ridiculous claim.”
The Washington Post article claimed President Trump and his wife are living almost separate lives in the White House, with different schedules, priorities and even bedrooms.
Sanders put things in perspective for the room full of journalists.
“The First Lady lives here at the White House. We see her regularly,” she said.
“And I think that’s something that belongs in tabloid gossip, not on the front pages of The Washington Post,” Sanders added. “I hope that they’ll do better next time.”
The first lady on Monday unveiled her formal platform, the “Be Best” initiative which will “focus on some of the major issues facing children,” including their well-being, social media use, and opioid abuse.
“As a mother and as first lady, it concerns me that in today’s fast-paced and ever-connected world, children can be less prepared to express or manage their emotions and oftentimes turn to forms of destructive or addictive behavior such as bullying, drug addiction or even suicide,” Trump announced Monday at an event in the Rose Garden.
The formal platform comes nearly 16 months into Trump’s tenure as first lady although she has made cyber-bullying and attention to children’s issues her focus from the beginning. She acknowledged the skepticism she faced when announcing her plan to tackle cyber-bullying when she spoke to leaders from tech companies, including Twitter, Facebook, Google and Snaphat, during a meeting at the White House in March.
“I am well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing this topic,” Trump said. “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.”
The Washington Post article is just another example of the liberal media and its skewed priorities, calling it journalism when, as Sanders pointed out,delivering material fit for tabloid gossip publications. Trump’s longtime friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, summed it up in the Washington Post.
“She is a dignified, private person, and she’ll deal with her personal life in private and it’s no one’s business,” she said.
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