tv The Presidency First Ladies in Their Own Words - Melania Trump CSPAN August 1, 2022 11:34pm-12:15am EDT
over here young ladies. enjoys. it's really a pleasure to welcome the first lady of the united states here with us. but afternoon, welcome to the white house. i'm very excited that you hear today with me and thank you in advance for sharing your stories and your thoughts about your struggles and trials. i want to help children everywhere to be their best. so with your help. we can achieve positive results. so before we start i would like to ask each of you introduce yourself. and then you could start them maybe share some hobbies or the story that you want to share with me as we see here. we have a two boards on. on my rights i put down some of the towards that we need to live by in everyday life and on the
left. we have a board that is empty and what i would like is have three of you to come up and maybe share your emotions how you feel maybe in school how you feel at home or with your peers so we could have them discussion and you tell me your thoughts and i will tell you my thoughts. so maybe i could be the first one and tell you what i feel today. instead good. yes, perfect. so i feel today very excited. and thankful because you're here and we opening up the conversation. yes, so i would put it down excited. so who will want to be next up? that was melania trump meeting with middle school students in the white house blue room born in slovenia mrs. trump was the
first first lady who became a naturalized us citizen. you'll hear in her own words here on american history tv how she experienced her four years as first lady featuring footage from c-span's video library. first you'll hear melania trump talk about her signature initiative. be best on its one year anniversary helping children succeed as she put it was her first priority as first lady. i always said as a mother and first lady it concerns me that today's fast. and ever connected world can make children less prepared to express or manage their emotions causing them to turn to forums on destructive actions such as bullying unhealthy habits risky online behavior drug abuse and addiction or even suicide one year ago today. i announced the best an awareness campaign dedicated to the children of this country and
all over the world. be best has three pillars the wellbeing of children online safety and opioid abuse and it continues to have one goal which is to educate children and parents about the issues. they face and promote programs and services available to help them with today's challenges. my office has spent the past year listening to and learning from children parents medical professionals teachers leaders in technology and social media and many others who have a stake in viral issues that can affect the next generation. in fact this past year has shown me that children a vulnerable to more than just social media and i so expanded one of my pillars to online safety. i look forward to using the best. promote any digital programs that make online safety and digital citizenship a priority
in today's technology driven world. i have also expanded my focus of the dangers of opioid abuse to include kids of all ages and will continue to work with partner agencies to highlight and promote the programs and resources available for all who struggle with addiction. since announcing bibas that have visited schools and hospitals and visited 15 states to promote and highlight some of the successful work being done by so many on behalf of children. i have participated in children's events including speaking engagements focus on one or more of the pillars of be best. i have the opportunity to meet with more than 34 and diplomats head of state of spouses to exchange ideas on the challenges children are facing all over the world and have hosted or participated in 18 tables and policy briefings. i'm also proud to her recommend
the interagency working group on youth programs in order to build upon the good work being done by our agencies and the government. i travel internationally to nine countries including my solar trip to africa where our partners partnered with usa to visit beautiful countries. of ghana malawi kenya and egypt to speak with children about the best and also educate myself about the different cultures and challenges with each community. while in africa, i felt it was important that people throughout the continent and world understand that the united states cares. it is a fact that our own country is safer and stronger when people across the globe have opportunity when our trading partners are flourishing when nations around the world, could we stand crisis and when societies are freer and more democratic? this is american history tv and
you're listening to melania trump in her own words as part of her efforts on behalf of the nation's youngest children the first lady hosted a white house meeting of the president's task force on health services for native american children. good morning, everyone. thank you all for being here. i know that many of you have traveled far. but i'm grateful that you have made time to be with us today. and carry out the work the president asked you to do as member of the task force. protecting native american children in the indian health service system one of the pillar of my b best is children well-being. and when i look around this room. i see so many people who have made the well-being of children their lives work.
as you know, the indian health service is an important part of america's healthcare, and i know that many ihs staff are passionate about their mission and the communities they serve. however, systematic problems can put children at least and i share the president's commitment to making sure the indian health service uses best practices to keep children safe. native american children, like all children deserve to grow up in a safe supportive nurturing environment. strong native american communities are strong american communities. i look forward to learning about your work and what you have found and i thank you again for your willingness to ask difficult questions. in order to protect children, i think you for this opportunity
to be here this morning. we welcome the opportunity to clarify anything or answer any questions about what it is that we saw in the ground. thank you. thank you very much for your work that you are doing and i'm so impressed by how thoughtful you have been with your reports. and i know that this work will help to keep children safe. i'm so glad that you have taken the time to work hand in hand with travel leaders. during this process and to listen to their input first ladies and their own words continues now on american history tv. president trump's border policies were among the most controversial of his administration. so the first ladies 18 visit to a texas shelter for migrant children was newsworthy. she was accompanied there by health and human services secretary alex azar.
thank you so much for having me here today. i'm glad i'm here and i'm looking forward to seeing and meeting children, but first of all, let me be doing to recognize each of you and thanking you for all what you do. for your heroic work that you do every day and what you do for those children? we all know they're having they're here without their families. and i want to thank you for your hard work your compassion and your kindness you're giving them in this difficult times. i'm here to learn about your facility and which i know you have children on a long-term basis. and i also like to ask you how i can help.
to these children to realize with their families. so when the children come here? what kind of stage you know physical and mental stage? they come here do a daily struct. so what you would say the percentage how they come here? well not clinician. okay, so usually i'm the great majority are guatemalan is it's a higher percentage rate usually when they get here, they're very distraught and how long is the the time that the max and the somebody's time here that they don't know. right now we are averaging currently 42 to 45 days. so these children are most of them come here alone without parents because they are between 12 and 17 years old, right? so it's kind of they're kind of understanding they know yes where they are. yes, they're not. young young children.
yes, man. that's great. this is american history tv and you're listening to melania trump in her own words the first lady briefly addressed us troops at a naval air station in italy following a 2017 overseas trip to the middle eastern europe. if this has been an incredible trip and a great strides have been made. my husband worked very hard on behalf of our country. and i'm very proud of him.
these three has also been incredible for me as first lady. in saudi arabia. i visited children at local school. and a call center with all female employees. in israel, i spent time with some children at hadass. medical center along with mrs. netanyahu in rome i was honored and blessed to be granted an audience with his holiness pope francis followed by a very special visit to bambino jesu children hospital. just hours after living a young boy. i spent time with. find out he had received. a new heart donor receiving that news is a moment. i will never forget. and i wish him a speedy
recovery. in brussels i met with queen matilda. and appreciated in a forum on preventing the online exploitation of children then paid a visit to the patients at queen fabiola's children hospital. this trip for me has been very special and i will never forget the women and children i met as one of the kids at the hospital that i visit. another picture he drew for me. we are all the same. i also want to take a moment to thank you all for the sacrifices you make on behalf of our country. it is because of your selfless commitment. that we enjoy the freedoms we have today.
and to the families who endure time apart or constant moves to the base. your sacrifices do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. thank you, and god bless you. and now it is my grade honor to introduce my husband the president of the united states donald j trump. first ladies in their own words continues now on american history tv modern first ladies devote time and attention to the preservation of the white house and work closely with the private nonprofit white house historical association established by first lady
jacqueline kennedy, melania trump talked about that partnership at a may 2019 dinner. good evening, please sit down. the president and i delighted to be with the all of you this evening as we celebrate the incredible work of the white house historical association. over these past year and prepare for our continued work to preserve and restore the people's house. in the years to come. i want to recognize and thank members of the associations board of directors who have joined us this evening president stewart mclaren chairman, fred ryan. and vice chairman john rogers
your entire team has been incredible to work with. and that is a statement to your leadership and vision. i would also like to take paying secretary of commerce, wilbur ross and his wife hillary for being here and a continuous support. the white house historical association has been a real partner with my office over the past two years. helping to found preserve and promote the important history and timeless beauty of the white house. our family is grateful to live in this true symbol of our nations history. but we are even more honored to play a part in a restoring and enhancing our countries' sacred landmark. it is only with the support and commitment of historical association. we are able to continue the tradition of protecting this home, and i'm so grateful for
the opportunity to work with all of you. i want to thank you all for being here tonight. this is an evening. i look forward to for each year. this is american history tv and you're listening to melania trump in her own words as the fall 2020 presidential campaign was underway the first lady traveled to pennsylvania on behalf of her husband president donald trump. ladies and gentlemen, it is my great honor and privilege to welcome to the stage our first lady melania trump.
thank you kellyanne. hello, pennsylvania. thank you all for the very well warren welcome. and to our friend congressman smucker for joining us today. love you. i love you, too. thank you. before i begin, thank you for all the love and support you gave us when our family was diagnosed with covid-19. we are all feeling so much better now. thanks to healthy living. and some of the amazing therapeutic options available in our country. thank you again for your well wishes. tear our country has felt the facts of global pandemic. like many of you i have experienced the first 10 effects
of covid-19. not only is a patient but as a worried mother and wife. i know there are many people who have lost loved ones or no people who have been forever impacted by the silent enemy. my family's thoughts and prayers are with all of you. through these difficult time. we all know the american spirit is stronger than this virus. we have proven that we can and will overcome this unexpected challenge. thank you to all who have stepped up and helped in these uncertain time. to the front line workers teachers healthcare professionals and many more my husband and i are grateful to you.
you continue to make a difference every single day. such selfless service is what our american values are all about. he's amazing to see the way we as americans have come together in this time of need? through the passionate and careful work being done in our communities cities and states all across our beautiful and powerful country. we will triumph over this virus. donald is a fighter. he loves this country and he fights for you every single day.
country get to hear directly and instantly from their president every single day through social media. i do not always agree what the way he says things. but it is important to him that he speaks directly to the people. these administration chooses to keep moving forward during this pandemic not backward. by moving forward we demonstrate a fundamental value of our nation. our ability to rise to any challenge and overcome any hurdle we do not close down or hide in fear. we got to work to find real and lasting solutions.
it's what sets up apart from any other country in the world. first ladies in their own words continues now on american history tv, the republican national convention was mostly a virtual event in 2020 because of the covid-19 pandemic first lady melania trump delivered the convention's keynote address on the second night from the white house rose garden. she gave an immigrants perspective on what it means to be an american. ladies and gentlemen, please. welcome the first lady of the united states mrs. melania trump. here here good evening.
it is real today as it was four years ago. i know i speak for my husband and the entire family when i say we have not forgotten the incredible people. who are willing to take a chance? on the businessman who had never worked in politics we know it was you who elected him to be commander in chief? and we know it is you who will carry us through again. we were humbled by the incredible support then and we are still grateful today. i want to acknowledge the fact that since march our lives have changed drastically. the invisible enemy covid-19 swept across our beautiful country an impacted all of us my deepest sympathy goes out to
everyone. who has lost a loved one? and my prayers with those who are ill or suffering? i know many people are anxious. and some feel helpless. i want you to know you're not alone. my husband's administration will not stop fighting until there is an effective treatment or vaccine available to everyone. donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by these terrible pandemic. i want to extend my gratitude to all of the healthcare professionals. frontline workers and teachers who stepped up in these difficult times? spider risk to yourselves and your own families? you put our country first.
and my husband and i a grateful. i have been moved by the way americans have come together in such an unfamiliar and often frightening situation. it is in times like this. that we will look back and tell our grandchildren. the true kindness and compassion strength and determination we were able to restore the promise of our future. speaking of strength and determination. we recently celebrated the hundred year anniversary of the passage of the 19 amendment. yesterday on the north lawn of the white house. we unveil an exhibit dedicated to women's suffrage. the exhibit called on children from across the country to send art honoring the meaning of this important time in women's history.
when i was judging the entries i reflected on the impact of women's voices in our nation's story. and how proud i will be to cast my vote again for donald this november. we must make sure that women are heard. and that american dream continues to thrive. growing up as a young child in slovenia. which was under communist rule at the time? i always heard about an amazing place called america. a land that stood for freedom and opportunity. as i grew older it became my goal to move to the united states and follow my dream of working in the fashion industry. my parents work very hard to ensure our family could not only leave and prosper in america, but also contribute to our nation that allows for people to
arrive with a dream and make it reality. i want to take the moment to thank my mother and father for all they have done for our family. it is because of you that i'm standing here today. i arrived in the united states when i was 26 years old living and working in the land of opportunity was a dream come true, but i wanted more. i wanted to be a citizen. after 10 years of paperwork and patients i studied for the test in 2006 and became an american citizen. it is still one of the proudest moments in my life because with
hard work and determination i was able to achieve my own american dream. as an immigrant and a very independent woman. i understand what a privilege it is to live here and to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that we have. as first lady i have been fortunate to see the american dream come true over and over again. i have met many inspiring women children parents and families who have overcome life-changing issues that include addiction homelessness family members who are ill or have passed away abuse of all kinds and many other challenges that would make most people give up. the past three and a half years have been unforgettable. there are no words to describe how honored humbled and
fortunate i am to serve our nation as your first lady. as we close out our program on melania trump. he'll hear her 2021 farewell address as she prepared to leave the white house in january. in this video message posted to twitter. she talks about her work and the americans she met as first lady as she delivers her parting words and the unfolding covid-19 pandemic urging caution common sense and compassion. my fellow americans it has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as first lady of the united states. i have been inspired by incredible americans across our country who lived up our communities through their kindness and courage goodness and grace. the past four years have been unforgettable. as donald and i conclude our time in the white house. i think of all of the people i have taken home in my heart and
their incredible stories of love patriotism and determination. i see the faces of brave young soldiers who have told me with their pride in their eyes how much they love serving this country? to every service member and to our incredible military families. you are heroes. and he will always be in my thoughts and prayers. i think of all of the members of law enforcement who greet us everywhere we go. at every hour of every day. they stand guard to keep our communities safe. and we are forever in their depth. i have been moved by children. i have visited in hospitals and foster care centers. even as they fire difficult illnesses or face challenges. they bring such a joy to everyone they meet.
i remember the mothers who have battled the disease of opioid addiction and have overcome incredible hardships for love of the children. i have been inspired by the devoted caregivers for babies born with neonatal absence syndrome. and communities that give these children the support and care. they need to grow. when i think about this meaningful experiences, i'm humbled to have had opportunity to represent a nation with such kind and generous people. as the world continues to confront the covid-19 pandemic, i thank all of the nurses doctors healthcare professionals manufacturing workers drug drivers and so many others who are working to save lives. we grieve for the families who have lost a loved one do it to the pandemic. every life is precious and i ask
all americans to use caution and common sense to protect the vulnerable as millions of vaccines are now being delivered. in the midst of hardship we have seen the best of america shine through. students have made cards and delivered groceries to our senior citizens. teachers have worked twice as hard to keep our children learning. families have come together to provide meals supplies comfort and friendship to those in need. be passionate in everything you do but always remember that violence is never the answer. and will never be justified. when i came to the white house, i reflected on the responsibility. i have always felt as a mother to encourage give strength and teach values of kindness.
it is our duty as adults and parents to ensure the children had the best opportunities to lead fulfilling and healthy lives. the passion for helping children succeed has driven my policy initiatives as first lady. i launched be best to ensure that we as americans are doing all we can to take care of the next generation. be best has concentrated on three pillars. while being online safety and opioid abuse. in a few short years. i have raised awareness of how to keep children safe online. we have made incredible progress on our nations drug epidemic and how it impacts the lives of newborns and families. and we have given a voice to our most warnable children in their foster care system.
internationally be best have evolved into our platform that encourages world leaders to discuss issues impacting the lives of children. and allows them to share solutions. it has been an honor to represent american people abroad. i treasure each of my experiences and the inspiring people i have met along the way. as i say farewell to my role as first lady. is my sincere hope that every american will do their part to teach our children what it means to be best. i encourage parents to educate your children about the courageous and selfless heroes who worked and sacrificed to make this country the land of the free. and to lead by example and care for others in your community.
the promise of this nation belongs to all of us. do not lose sight of your integrity and values. use every opportunity to so consideration for another person and build good habits into a daily lives. in all circumstances i ask every american to be an ambassador of be best. to focus on what unites us to raise above what divides us. to always choose love over hatred peace over violence and others before yourself together as one national family we can continue to be delight of hope for future generations. and carry on america's legacy of rising our nation to greater heights through our spirit of courage goodness and fate. no words can express the deaf of my gratitude for the privilege
of having served as your first lady. to all the people of this country you will be in my heart forever. thank you for joining us on american history tv for melania trump in her own words, all eight programs in our series first ladies in their own words from ladybird johnson to melania trump are available at c-span.org for you to watch at your own convenience first ladies in their own words is also available as a podcast and you can find it it wherever you