The First Lady of the United States revealed how she warned her son about the dangers of drugs while she was promoting her Be Best campaign on tour.
Melania Trump appeared Tuesday to discuss the ongoing opioid crisis in the US, something that tackles her Be Best campaign, along with children’s well-being and online security.
In an interview with Eric Bolling, a former Fox News star who dies from an overdose, Melania explains that she spoke to her own son Barron, 12, about the dangers of drug use.
“I teach him, I try to explain how drugs. are dangerous and how they will mess up your head, ruin your body and get nothing positive,” she said as she appeared at a town hall in Las Vegas.
“Nowadays the children are so smart and life is so fast and they have access to everything,” she said, adding that parents should talk to their children about the dangers of drugs from the age of 8.
“We have to teach them at a very young age how bad drugs are.”
The US has quadrupled the number of deaths from opioid overdose over the past twenty years, with Melania adding: “I always say that [Barron] drugs can be very dangerous and mess up your mind and body, and love yourself more than drugs.” .
She also insisted that the US should stop the flow of drugs smuggled into the country by saying that they are arriving ‘via the southern border’ and from China.
The first lady also challenged the media to cover the drug crisis in the US instead of ‘idle gossip’, some critics wondered if it was an attempt to get the media attention often focused on the Twitter tirades of her husband, to lead.
“In 2017, we’ve lost at least 72,000 Americans to overdoses – that’s 197 American lives per day – more than 8 lost lives per hour – I challenge the press to spend as much. time as possible on the lost lives – and the potential lives that might have been saved – by giving the same amount of cover as to idle gossip or trivial stories, “she said.
President Trump regularly uses Twitter and his speaking engagements to openly attack political opponents and his critics in the media and to slam all the stores that criticize him as ‘fake news’.
But Melania maintains that she teaches their children. “to treat all people with respect and kindness” and promotes advocates of plague campaigns, adding that she knows she will be criticized for her husband’s hate behavior.
“I knew I would be criticized, but I would do what is right for the next generation,” said the first lady.