First lady Melania Trump calls opioid epidemic ‘worst drug crisis in history’

First lady Melania Trump called the opioid epidemic the “worst drug crisis in American history” in a rare speech Wednesday at a “town hall” on addiction that featured participants as varied as ex-Fox News star Eric Bolling, Demi Lovato’s actress/author mother Dianna Hart and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

But in addition to the serious subject matter of her speech, Trump also disclosed a few rarely shared personal details of her life as first lady, during a post-speech sit-down Q&A with Bolling, whose teenage son died of an accidental drug overdose in 2017. Among other issues, they covered dinners with her husband, her lack of time, her thoughts on mean tweeting, her criticism of the media, and even her much-mocked Christmas decor, which she stoutly defended. 

“I think they look fantastic,” she declared.

Bolling asked her how the media has treated her on the opioid issue and whether she gets enough credit for calling attention to it.

“I would like that they’re focused more on what we’re doing, and what we’ve done and to spread awareness,” she said, according to the pool report. “(The media) would like to portray different stories and focus on unimportant stories.”

She also shared some thoughts on another pillar of her FLOTUS agenda: reducing mean tweeting. She said it’s important to remain “respectful and kind” on social media but “sometimes you need to fight back, I’m sorry,” suggesting she supports President Donald Trump’s famously bullying strategy on Twitter.

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