But the predictable reaction quickly got personal.
The first lady has accompanied the president to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Brussels, France, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Finland, for his recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
'I can " t decide if Melania's cyber-bullying campaign is just a massive troll on her husband or if she is truly unaware of all of the context here, ' CNN's Chris Cillizza tweeted. "Only plausible explanation here is, Melania suffered oxygen deprivation to the brain".
Melania Trump announced Monday afternoon that she will go to Africa in October for her first major solo trip since becoming first lady. Instead, she's made an independent choice to do what she can.
"It is exactly what she wants it to be, and has been a success", Mrs. Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham said. She is aware of the criticism but it will not deter her from doing what she feels is right.
She said that everyone attending shared one goal: "to pave a smooth way forward for our children, our next generation".
Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told the Associated Press the first lady chose Africa as the destination for her first big solo worldwide trip after she learned about some of the development programs that are underway in many of its countries. He has called people "stupid", "dummy" and "loser" hundreds of times on his Twitter account over the years.
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Producers discussed a variety of options with her but were unable to agree any acceptable conditions for her entering the house. Panellist Jane Moore , who spoke to Daniels off-air, said a custody battle involving her daughter in the USA was to blame.
"I am going to do whatever I can to try and prevent these abuses occurring in the future and if that means going to court I will do that", added Brennan, who served under Presidents Obama and George W. Bush.
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"By listening to children's ideas and concerns, I believe adults will be better able to help them navigate these often hard topics", Trump said, while also saying: "But we still need to do all we can to provide them with information and tools for successful and safe online habits".
America's first lady used a speech at a cyber-bullying prevention conference to stress the importance of teaching children about the "safe and responsible use of social media".
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump was back home in the White House railing against "disgraced and discredited" special counsel Robert Mueller and his "group of Angry Democrat Thugs" in the wake of news that the team of investigators charged with digging into potential Russian collusion in the 2016 election had spent some 30 hours interviewing White House counsel Don McGahn.
"In today's global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children's daily lives".
"[Social media] can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly", Trump said.
Trump's Be Best campaign, which she launched in May, centers on three key issues for children: well-being, fighting opioid abuse and positivity on social media.
Holly Ham, executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, said the issue is "very personal" to her as a mother. He said one in five children experience bullying, and that 16 per cent of children now are victims of cyberbullying.
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