White House on Greta Thunberg: Trump, first lady communicate differently

Source: The Hill | December 13, 2019 | Brett Samuels

The White House on Friday issued a statement underlining the different ways Melania Trump and President Trump communicate in response to questions about why the first lady dd not respond to her husband’s ridiculing of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg after she was named Time’s “Person of the Year.”

Trump’s tweet about Thunberg was widely criticized, and some saw hypocrisy in Trump criticizing the 16-year-old while he, the first lady and others ripped a college professor who at last week’s impeachment hearing invoked their young son’s name. Critics of the first lady pounted to her #BeBest anti-bullying initiative. 

“BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children,” press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to CNN.

She also drew a contrast between the first couple’s 13-year-old son and Thunberg.

“It is no secret that the president and first lady often communicate differently – as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” added Grisham, who serves as a spokesperson for both the president and first lady.

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The first lady has periodically faced pressure to speak up about remarks from the president, particularly given her Be Best initiative. She has repeatedly said she will remain committed to the anti-bullying cause despite any criticisms or accusations of hypocrisy.

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