First Lady Melania Trump marked her first solo public engagement yesterday as she took the time to visit a hospital in New York City and read to the sick children there.
Melania arrived at the pediatric wing of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan and, in reference to Dr. Seuss’s birthday, read the author’s book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” to children seated in a playroom.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) March 2, 2017
The First Lady mentioned that it was National Read Across America Day and the children should look to their future and consider what they’d like to achieve. “I encourage you to read and to think about what you want to achieve in life”, she said.
Melania encouraged the children to read, become educated and follow their dreams. “You’ll be as famous as famous can be,” Mrs. Trump read from the book. “With the whole wide world watching you win on TV.”
When she was finished reading the book, First Lady Melania said to the children, “Do you like the book? I will leave it here.” One girl raised hand, and Trump gave her the book. “I encourage you all to read a lot, to get educated.”
During her husband’s campaign Melania mentioned in interviews that as First Lady she would like to focus on good causes that help children, including an effort to fight cyber-bullying on social media.
“Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers,” Trump shortly before the election last year. “It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked … It is absolutely unacceptable when it is done by someone with no name hiding on the internet.”