As Trump Tweets Attacks, Melania Speaks Out Against Cyberbullying In her speech, the first lady said children are often "more aware" than adults about the risks and benefits of social media.
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As The President Tweets Attacks, Melania Trump Speaks Out Against Cyberbullying

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As The President Tweets Attacks, Melania Trump Speaks Out Against Cyberbullying

As The President Tweets Attacks, Melania Trump Speaks Out Against Cyberbullying

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In every relationship, there are moments when two people seem out of sync. But today, the messages coming from the president and first lady could not be more different. While President Trump tweeted scathing attacks on his political enemies, his wife Melania was calling for more responsible social media use. She addressed a federal summit on preventing cyberbullying as part of her Be Best campaign. NPR's Sarah McCammon was there and has this report.

SARAH MCCAMMON, BYLINE: Before an audience of public health officials and online safety advocates, Melania Trump said social media has become an inevitable part of kids' lives, for better or worse.

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MELANIA TRUMP: It can be used in many positive ways but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly.

MCCAMMON: Across town, President Trump was attacking his political enemies on Twitter. He called former CIA director John Brennan, one of his vocal critics, a political hack. Here's Trump last week after the White House announced Brennan's security clearance was being revoked.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I've never respected him. I've never had a lot of respect.

MCCAMMON: This morning before the event, Trump used Twitter to call out special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian collusion as thugs. But Melania Trump said nothing about that.

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TRUMP: Let's face it. Most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults.

MCCAMMON: It's not the first time the Trumps have appeared to be working from different playbooks. After her husband again used social media to blast a critic, questioning the intelligence of LeBron James, the first lady issued a statement supportive of the NBA star's work with low-income children. A spokeswoman says she's aware of the criticism she's received for her focus on online bullying but, quote, "it won't deter her from doing what she thinks is right." Sarah McCammon, NPR News, the White House.

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