First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Baltimore on Tuesday to address the Baltimore Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness, appearing on behalf of her “Be Best” youth campaign, which includes a focus on the U.S. epidemic of opioid misuse.
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The First Lady was met with boos from middle and high school students that lasted a minute as she strode across the stage. Undeterred, Melania smiled and gave a brief remark.
“I hope that the knowledge you gain here will help you tackle the tough decisions you may be faced with, so that you can live a healthy and drug-free life,” Melania said. “My Be Best initiative is dedicated to helping children and ensuring that we as Americans are doing all we can to take care of the next generation. Since its launch, I have used Be Best to shine a light on programs like these that that show what it means to Be Best.”
Melania added, “I am in this fight with you and I am fighting for you. I encourage you, if you are struggling with addiction right now, reach out for support – whether it’s a teacher, parent, friend, grandparent, coach or pastor, talk to an adult in your life that you trust. It is never too late to ask for help.”
This is the first time the first lady has been publicly booed at a solo event.
The First Lady later responded to the booing in a statement.
“We live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the fact is we have a serious crisis in our country and I remain committed to educating children on the dangers and deadly consequences of drug abuse.”
The youth summit is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and actor Mark Wahlberg’s youth foundation.
After her remarks, Melania headed back to Washington D.C. to join her husband, President Donald Trump for the Turkey pardoning ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.
The National Turkey Federation introduced the turkeys — Butter and Bread in a press conference on Tuesday. According to the White House, Butter enjoys listening to bagpipes and has a gobble style that is “rowdy.” Bread prefers Bluegrass music and wants to master aerial yoga.
President Trump spared the lives of both turkeys while cracking a few jokes about House impeachment inquiry during the traditional ceremony.
“Thankfully, Bread and Butter have been specially raised by the Jacksons to remain calm under any condition,” Trump said. “Which is good because they’ve been subpoenaed to appear in Adam Schiff’s basement on Thursday.”
“It seems the Democrats are accusing me of being too soft on turkey, but Bread and Butter — I should note that, unlike previous witnesses, you and I have actually met. It’s very unusual,” Trump continued.
Butter won the popular vote amongst the public and named the National Thanksgiving Turkey.
Every November, the chair of the National Turkey Federation is tasked with providing the National Thanksgiving Turkey to the White House. This year, farmer Wellie Jackson and his son drove Bread and Butter from North Carolina to Washington. In keeping with recent tradition, the turkeys stayed at the luxurious Willard Hotel down the street from the White House.
President George H.W. Bush established the annual turkey pardon tradition in 1989 by sparing a 50-pound bird. With the act of clemency by the president, they will now live out their days at a Virginia Tech facility.
Following the turkey pardoning, both Melania and President Trump, alongside son Barron traveled to Florida, where they will be spending Thanksgiving weekend.
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