U.S. Department of State / Flickr First Lady Melania Trump Delivers Remarks...
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It’s official. Sincethe elimination of cyber bullying hasn’t worked out as a platformfor Melania Trump (probably due to the fact that she’s married tothe cyber bullying poster child himself) Melania is taking up thecause of drug addiction as her signature endeavor. Son-in-law JaredKushner was supposed to take care of the opoid epidemic, butapparently he’s too busy with securing peace in the middle east andrevamping the use of technology in government — when he isn’t busyconsulting with his lawyers over his myriad of personal legalproblems. In all events, Melania introduced Donald Trump today ashe proclaimed opoid addiction a national emergency, and assuredthose present that, among other things, building his infamousborder wall was going to be a solution to the issue. Here’s whatMelania said to USA Today:

“What I found to bethe common theme with all of these stories is that this can happento any of us,” she said. “Drug addiction can take your friends,neighbors, or your family. No state has been spared, and nodemographic has been untouched.”

She praised her husband for declaring a public health emergencyand directing the federal government to do everything to combat theopioid crisis.  

She said the crisishas affected millions of Americans; more than 175 Americans succumbto overdoses every day, she said. As an increasinglychild-welfare-centered first lady, she is getting involved in theissue because of its effect on children.

So child welfare, asmanifested by the opoid epidemic, is Melania’s stated pursuit asFLOTUS. It would be interesting to ask her why her husband hasalready rolled back the school lunch program and funding for aPeace Corps program to educate girls in poor countries which werekey achievements of Michelle Obama’s, since those are prime childwelfare issues — but let Melania have her moment of unicorns andfairy dust as she sets out to do good for the children. May herachievements match her lip service and may she achieve one tenth asmuch as Michelle Obama did.

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