– First lady Melania Trump spoke out against cyberbullying Monday as part of her Be Best campaign, warning against “destructive and harmful” uses of social media and once again highlighting a messaging rift between the East Wing and the West Wing
.”In today’s global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children’s daily lives,” Trump said at a cyberbullying summit in Rockville, Maryland. “It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly. This is why Be Best chooses to focus on the importance of teaching our next generation how to conduct themselves safely and in a positive manner in an online setting
.At the same time, President Donald Trump was on Twitter, railing against John Brennan, whom he called a “hack” and “the worst CIA Director in our country’s history” as summit panelists discussed the need for adults to be “good digital role models” for children. Despite firing off multiple tweets Monday morning, none were about the first lady’s Be Best initiatives or her speech.”The President’s well-known Twitter habit, exemplified last week by his harsh attack on former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, has drawn criticism and highlights the seeming disconnect between the East Wing and the West Wing.”When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!” he tweeted.The first lady’s spokeswoman sought to downplay any disconnect between the East Wing and the West Wing, calling the first lady “independent.””She’s addressed this before. She is well aware of the criticism, but that will not deter her from doing what she feels is right. I would hope most people in this country are proud that they have a strong and independent first lady who only has the best interests of children at heart — I know I am,” the first lady’s communications director Stephanie Grisham told .In a White House with a President who makes his own rules — especially on social media — his wife has faced criticism for being unable to curb her own husband’s behavior. Instead, she’s made an independent choice to do what she can.