A spokesman for Mrs Trump played down any link between the first lady's comments and the president's tweeting, saying Mr Trump was "proud" of his wife's commitment to children. Anyone who uses social media to bully someone or insult someone is a low IQ loser who really should just disappear and go away. President Trump's tweet came last week in response to details that former aide and reality TV show contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman shared during her book tour for Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House.
"This will be my first time traveling to Africa and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history", Mrs. Trump said of the trip in a statement provided to Breitbart News and in an Associated Press report on the trip.
However, the First Lady's planned trip to Africa will be her first big solo trip.
"Let's face it, most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults", Melania Trump said during her remarks, which were delivered as part of a Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention session held at the Health Resources and Services Administration.
During her speech, the first lady acknowledged that children can be more aware of the "pitfalls" of social media than adults.
Neither she nor any of those who spoke during morning sessions mentioned President Donald Trump and his aggressive use of Twitter to berate his foes and call them names.The first lady instead spoke highly of a group of students she recently met who participate in Microsoft's Council for Digital Good.
"She is aware of the criticism but it will not deter her from doing what she feels is right".
While her remarks focused on children, many journalists couldn't help but bring up the irony of the moment.
She said that everyone attending shared one goal: "to pave a smooth way forward for our children, our next generation". When asked about the pinstriped dress Trump wore, he told Page Six, "She purchased a dress from a store, and I think she looked lovely in it".
Representatives from the White House, Facebook, the Family Online Safety Institute, Google, and Twitter were in attendance. Lauren Culbertson, public policy manager for Twitter, noted that the platform has "strong rules against abusive behavior" and has "leveraged technology to help us enforce those rules".