Melania Trump

PHOTOS: Hospital Children Embrace Melania Trump for Christmas Storytime

First lady Melania Trump read Oliver the Ornament to hospital children on Thursday at Children’s National hospital, embracing them and former preemie babies. Early in her visit, Mrs. Trump spent time with several families whose children had been born prematurely and cared for in Children’s neonatal unit. Mother Nikki Watkinson explained that she gave birth in her husband’s truck during a snowstorm, and a snowplow had to guide a path to the hospital for her and the newborn to make it to the hospital afterward. “Our miracle baby,” she called her son Grayson, who was born at 24 weeks. She held the now 16-month old on her lap as she spoke with Trump. The first lady replied, “You have an incredible story to tell.” Dressed in a red and white Martin Grant coat, white dress, and Manolo Blahnik heels, she greeted the parents and children. The former preemies were Grayson Watkinson, Grayson Hogsett, and Payton Doy. She asked the children how they were doing and if they had wishes for Santa. Little Abigail said she wanted a dog, and when the first lady asked what name she would call this addition to the family, Abigail replied, “Peppermint”: Downstairs in the hospital atrium, Mrs. Trump continued her visit, walking in with child patients Nathan Simm and Tearrianna Cooke-Starkey. She read the story Oliver the Ornament to the young patients ranging from toddler to pre-teen, flanked by copies of the book, which centered around a theme of kindness that fit well into her Be Best policy platform. The book’s author, Todd Zimmermann, joined Trump, the two kids, and Santa on stage for the reading. Zimmerman said, “I’d also like to thank you for everything you do to promote kindness as part of your Be Best campaign”: About two dozen children being treated at the hospital sat in wheelchairs or on the floor to listen as Mrs. Trump read the story. Video of the reading was live streamed throughout the hospital in the hospital rooms of other patients, according to a hospital representative: Those present sang “Merry Christmas” as the first lady embraced, shook hands, and chatted with the children. She wished them all a Merry Christmas and happy, healthy New Year before departing. Each child received a copy of the book Mrs. Trump read, and she signed a copy that will remain at the hospital: American first ladies have been making the annual visit to Children’s National hospital every year since Bess Truman did so more than 60 years ago.

Outstanding!!  Click on the text above to see photos and video from this event.       🙂

PHOTOS: Melania Trump Shines Bright Assembling Red Cross Care Packages for American Troops

First Lady Melania Trump shined bright on Tuesday as she assembled care packages with the Red Cross for American troops and service members stationed overseas. Mrs. Trump embraced the families of American troops in a patriotic ensemble of entirely red, white, and blue — how appropriate! Mrs. Trump’s striped cashmere sweater is by Madeleine Thompson, matching the red stripe of the garment with her red skinny jeans and flats. In a speech at the Red Cross event, Mrs. Trump thanked the U.S. military for their service and their families for the sacrifices they have made. “I’m very thankful for the men and women in uniform who sacrifice daily to protect not only the American people, but our freedoms and way of life,” Mrs. Trump said. “Our prayers remain with all those serving overseas and the families who wait for them to come home.”

Please click on the text above to see photos and videos from yesterday’s event.  Major kudos to our First Lady for her efforts here.  She gets it!  Outstanding!!!      🙂

Melania Trump arrives in Ghana for first solo international trip as First Lady

First lady Melania Trump has embarked on her first big solo international trip – and first visit to Africa – with plans to visit four countries in just five days, focusing on child welfare. Her trip will include a bevy of visits to schools, shelters and hospitals while she focuses on the well-being of children. The mother of a 12-year-old son, child welfare is an important issue for Trump, who launched her advocacy initiative “Be Best” earlier this year. As Trump says, the campaign is “shining a spotlight on successful programs and organizations that teach children tools and skills.” First up on the trip for Trump is Ghana. She arrived in the West African nation on Tuesday and visited a baby clinic. She toured wings of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, including an older part of the hospital and a newer facility, and passed out teddy bears wrapped in blankets. Trump, too, got a firsthand look at how babies are weighed at the hospital. (They’re placed in sacks that are then hung from a hook attached to a scale.) She also watched a nurse demonstrate how vitamins are administered to babies by mouth. The first lady also spent time speaking to children and holding infants. Trump, 48, also had tea with Ghana’s first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, at the presidential palace, known as the Jubilee House. The two women traded gifts: a White House tray in a signed leather case for Akufo-Addo and a Kente cloth and artifacts for Trump. The pair had previously met in September at a reception during the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Next up on her trip are visits to Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. Trump joins a list of former first ladies – Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama – who also made solo trips to Africa. The trip to Africa works for the Trump administration on multiple levels, a source told Fox News. It’s been a challenging week for the president, and this visit can take some of the focus off that. It also portrays Trump as a first lady who is passionate about serious issues. The trip, too, can show the people of Africa they are on the Trump White House’s agenda in a positive manner.

Agreed..  This was a well-considered trip for the First Lady.  Excellent!   🙂

Melania Trump appears at White House after kidney procedure, despite reports she’s ‘missing in action’

Despite widely circulated conspiracy theories and breathless media speculation that she was “missing in action,” first lady Melania Trump attended a scheduled White House event honoring Gold Star families Monday evening. Videos of the first lady at the event, which marked her first public appearance in more than three weeks after undergoing a kidney procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, were quickly posted on social media. Images uploaded to Twitter showed the first lady wearing a sleeveless black dress and strolling into the East Room accompanied by President Trump. The president showed her to a seat in the front row before he headed for the stage. Melania Trump had not been seen in public since May 10, when she and the president welcomed home three Americans freed from North Korea. Four days later, the White House announced she had been hospitalized to treat a benign kidney condition. CNN and several other mainstream media outlets had been painting the first lady as “missing in action,” even though several observers pointed out that the first lady was spotted in the West Wing as recently as May 29. Nevertheless, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter on Monday led with a giant graphic of a calendar, placing question marks on each date since Mrs. Trump was “last seen” on May 10. Even though the network noted that Melania Trump was scheduled to appear at the Gold Star function monday, CNN’s Brian Stelter appeared to downplay the news because the event was not open to the public. “BUT BUT: The event is closed to the press, so Monday evening may not resolve the mystery,” Stelter tweeted. Meanwhile, Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith on Sunday wrote on Twitter, “I wish that I didn’t suspect that the prolonged, poorly explained public absence of Melania Trump could be about concealing abuse. I wish that it was a ludicrous prospect.” A spokeswoman for Melania Trump on Monday slammed a “rabid press corps” for the wanton speculation about her condition and whereabouts. “Mrs. Trump has always been a strong and independent woman who puts her family, and certainly her health above all else, and that won’t change over a rabid press corps,” Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, told Fox News. “She’s confident in what she is doing and in her role, and knows the rest is just speculation and nonsense.”

Indeed!!  CNN again shows itself to be utter garbage and “fake news.”  But, this tool, Jamil Smith, over at Rolling Stone took it to a whole other level suggesting, not too subtly, that Melania may have been physically abused by the President, and that might be why she’s been out of sight for a few weeks.  No, you disgusting tool.  She had SURGERY for a kidney condition and has been taking it easy at the White House.  That’s all!  They need to fire that nauseating prick.  And here’s a newsflash for the uneducated dominantly liberal mainstream media… The First Lady has no official. job description.  She is not an elected official.  She is merely the wife of the President.  Anything she CHOOSES to do is ceremonial in nature.  Sure, she has a very public platform from which she can promote causes she believes in, and so on.  But, nothing is required of her and she is not obligated to do anything or be anywhere at anytime.  And, given she just had surgery, it’s mind-boggling that these media idiots are looking for some negative story to attribute to her being “missing in action.”  It is total nonsense.  To see the video of her at last night’s event, click on the text above.

CNN’s April Ryan hit for saying Melania Trump is ‘not culturally American’

Critics are slamming CNN contributor April Ryan for suggesting that First Lady Melania Trump is “not culturally American” when discussing the “Be Best” campaign to combat cyberbullying on Monday night. “This is a first lady who is not culturally American, but she is learning the ways and this is not just an American issue. These are not just American issues,” Ryan told “OutFront” host Erin Burnett. “These are international issues. Cyberbullying is an international issue. Social media is international and also the opioid addiction issue, so it’s not just here, but it’s abroad as well.” CNN did not respond to a request for clarification. The first lady was born in Slovenia but has been an American citizen since 2006 and has lived in the country since 1996. NewsBusters Managing Editor Curtis Houck told Fox News that “Ryan is showing that she’s anything but a journalist” and is more of a liberal advocate. “Her comments are absurd considering how long the first lady has lived in this country,” Houck said. “Regardless of one’s views of the president, the first lady is an example of ‘Only in America’ could this be possible.” This isn’t the first time Ryan has caused a stir and Houck said her “comments about the president and behavior in the briefing room show Trump Derangement Syndrome in full force.” Conservative commentator Carmine Sabia told Fox News that he remembers “when people were called racist” for saying the same thing about President Barack Obama. “I also remember people like April Ryan saying that we are a nation of immigrants. This is racism and reprehensible and she should be ashamed,” Sabia said. Conservative commentator Glenn Beck agrees and took to Twitter to blast Ryan for the comment. “April Ryan – I know when some said that Obama wasn’t fully ‘culturally American’ reporters cried racism. Now that you, a reporter, are saying the same, can they cry racism? Or do you just hate foreigners? Wow, this is easy, I see why the left likes it,” Beck wrote. White House Director of Strategic Response Steven Cheung wrote, “What does that even mean? On a day when Mrs. Trump unveiled a very important initiative #BeBest, reporters can’t bring themselves to talk about anything but rumors and innuendo.” Ryan twisted Sarah Sanders’ words on Thursday night in order to make the absurd suggestion that the White House press secretary is looking for a physical confrontation with the star reporter.

April Ryan is a nauseating hypocrite.  It’s stunning that she still has White House press creds.

Outrage at Kimmel comments on Melania surges as protest petition exceeds 50K signatures

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s recent jokes about first lady Melania Trump are apparently offending a lot of viewers. An online petition launched recently, calling for a boycott of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and has exceeded its goal of 50,000 signatures. Organizers say the petition will eventually be sent to “the front door of Disney/ABC Studios” Burbank, Calif. “We may not get him kicked off the air,” the petition says. “But we can send a message that these attacks on our First Lady will NOT be tolerated!” Specifically, offended viewers appear to take issue with Kimmel’s jokes about the first lady’s Slovenian accent. On Monday, he mocked Melania Trump’s reading to children during a White House Easter celebration. “Dees and dat,” Kimmel joked, of her pronunciation of “this or that.” Kimmel’s targeting of the first lady seems to contradict the network’s recent assertions that it has captured the hearts of middle America since launching the rebooted “Roseanne” sitcom. In fact, beleaguered ABC President Ben Sherwood trumpeted his programming acumen to the New York Times the day after “Roseanne” scored massive ratings, claiming that ABC executives had a meeting the morning after the election about how they could better reach Middle America. But Sherwood — who insiders say is fighting for his job as ABC remains mired in fourth place — has been a particular champion of Kimmel’s over the years. When he was president of ABC News, he reportedly supported the network moving Kimmel’s low-rated late night show into the more favorable time slot long occupied by ABC News’ “Nightline.” Later, as ABC president, Sherwood would personally lobby the Academy for Kimmel to host the Oscars. “Jimmy elevated the Emmys,” Sherwood said at the time. It’s not clear now how Kimmel’s attacks of the First Lady or his subsequent, extremely sexually vulgar jokes regarding President Trump, are elevating anything. “’Roseanne’ is dumb luck for them. And now they think this will save their jobs. Well it won’t. It’s one show. The rest of the shop is in utter disarray,” an ABC insider told Fox News. For example, despite the success of that show in its first two weeks, the network still hasn’t addressed viewers’ calls for the return of “Last Man Standing,” the Tim Allen comedy that many suspect was canceled because of pro-conservative content. In fact, it can be argued that much of ABC’s programming — and that of sister networks such as ESPN — actually steers away from the views of people in America’s heartland. Kimmel isn’t ABC’s only anti-Trump star. It was previously reported that the network pays roughly $15 million per year for former Clinton White House aide George Stephanopoulos to host “Good Morning America,” despite questions about whether he’s worth the enormous salary. Meanwhile, the “American Idol” stars earning the biggest paychecks have been polarizing for viewers, spelling trouble for the expensive reboot. ABC host Ryan Seacrest has been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment leveled by his former stylist for “E! News.” “Idol” judge Katy Perry, who was previously a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter, upset viewers recently when she kissed an unsuspecting male contestant on the lips. She was also in a legal battle with some elderly nuns over a convent Perry wanted to convert into a luxury estate. One of the nuns — 89-year-old Sister Catherine Rose Holzman — died last month after collapsing in court in connection with the Perry case. ABC also plays home to dramas like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” each of which are helmed by fiercely anti-Trump activist Shonda Rhimes..

Jimmy Kimmel’s attack on Melania Trump is despicable and wouldn’t be tolerated for any other immigrant

On Monday, the White House held its 140th annual Easter Egg Roll. The event, hosted by Melania Trump, featured children adorably pushing eggs along the White House lawn. In a bizarre response, late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel launched an attack on Melania Trump over the event. First he derided Melania as being uninvolved in the set-up of the event. “Not a chance she did one thing to help set that up. There’s no — she didn’t dye eggs, she didn’t fill baskets.” Did Michelle Obama dye eggs or fill baskets? Where was Kimmel to question her efforts during the eight years of the Obama administration? Next, Kimmel mocked Melania Trump’s accent. This type of anti-immigrant attack is only OK for leftists to make on people like Melania. Diversity is important to the left, as long as it doesn’t include any diversity of opinion or departure from what is expected from you. Hillary Clinton wasn’t some little Tammy Wynette “stand by your man” type, even though she ultimately was, but Melania Trump is expected to leave her husband, shun him, speak out against him publicly otherwise she deserves the wrath of people like Jimmy Kimmel. I’m an immigrant, I came to the U.S. as a child from the Soviet Union and I frequently get these kinds of attacks from the left when I write something with which they disagree. “Go back to where you came from” is standard. As I said, this kind of othering is only OK when aimed at immigrants for whom the left has no need. Why take a supposed comedian and his taunts seriously? In the past few years Kimmel has moved beyond comedy to political activism. When his son was sick he took to his show crying and speaking out in support of saving ObamaCare. After the Las Vegas shooting, Kimmel openly blamed Republicans – first the politicians, then anyone on the right. After blaming U.S House speaker Paul Ryan by name, he followed up the next night targeting all people who disagreed with his gun positions by saying Republicans know “in their hearts” that they bear some responsibility for the slaughter. This is not a comedy show and Kimmel shouldn’t have cover for his anti-immigrant comments because he’s an alleged “comedian.” His attack on Melania is despicable and wouldn’t be tolerated for any other First Lady or immigrant. It shouldn’t be tolerated for Melania Trump either.

Agreed!!  And well said, Karol.  Columnist Karol Markowicz is responsible for that piece.  Yeah, just fathom if some white guy on late night tv attacked Michell O. that way..  He’d be branded a racist, bigot, and so on…and then be unemployed the next day.  We ALL know that’s true.  But, because Melania is married to President Trump, he can get away with being such a jerk.  Typical double standard by the dominantly liberal mainstream media.  And yes, while Jimmy used to be a comedian…and was somewhat funny, actually..  He has now morphed into this obnoxious, political activist who really isn’t that smart.  Melania speaks 5 languages.  He Jimmy!  How many can you speak?  Tool..