- The Washington Times - Monday, December 17, 2018

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman penned an op-ed Monday slamming the media for focusing on “trivial and superficial” matters, like the first lady’s marriage and fashion choices, despite her continued work benefiting children and military families.

Stephanie Grisham, Mrs. Trump’s deputy chief of staff for communications, took issue with an opinion piece by CNN contributor Kate Anderson Brower, who accused the first lady of throwing herself a “pity party” for lamenting how she’s covered by the media during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last week.

“This condescending opinion, apparently written in response to a single answer Mrs. Trump gave in a Fox News interview Wednesday, was published just hours after the first lady traveled to Children’s National hospital in Washington to read a Christmas story, visit sick children and thank the hardworking hospital staff,” Ms. Grisham retorted in an op-ed for CNN.

“For Brower to claim that Mrs. Trump’s interview was ‘a lost opportunity to put attention on families of struggling Americans she’s met in her role as first lady’ is to willfully ignore everything she has actually done to help and support children and families across the globe as a commitment to service she has consistently demonstrated over the past two years,” she continued.

Ms. Grisham went on to list a number of Mrs. Trump’s charitable activities that many in the media have chosen to ignore. She also slammed news personalities for mocking the first lady’s “Be Best” campaign because of their distaste for her husband.



“Of course, absurdity abounds in the media’s coverage of our first lady,” she wrote. “Reports focus on the trivial and superficial, rather than the deeper issues facing our country that she has tirelessly worked to address.

“Last year, when Mrs. Trump traveled to Texas to comfort and support the people affected by hurricanes, the media focused on the pair of heels she wore to board Air Force One,” she continued. “When Mrs. Trump invited children from a local Boys and Girls club to help plant vegetables in the White House garden, the media chose to focus on the cost of her shirt and the fact that her shoes were clean.

“When she partnered with the US Agency for International Development and traveled to Africa for a four-country goodwill tour that focused on children’s health and education, conservation efforts and social and cultural issues affecting each region, what did the media focus on? Her clothes,” she wrote.

Ms. Grisham said the media has the opportunity to report fairly and celebrate the first lady’s “strength, individuality and integrity” in the era of female empowerment.

“Hopefully, the media will eventually learn to celebrate a woman who, through all the noise, is able to hold steadfast to her mission and stay true to herself,” she concluded.

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