Nearly a month and a half after Trump’s inauguration, Melania Trump has finally made her first solo charitable appearance as First Lady of the United States of America, and it was almost as awkward as that time she plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech at the Republican National Convention.
On Thursday, Melania left Trump Tower to pop into a children’s hospital in New York, where she greeted patients and read Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go, which she had an assistant carry for her in a white box decorated with a gold ribbon.
“I came to encourage you to read,” Melania, who did not remove her coat during the entire visit, told the sick children, “and to think about what you want to achieve in life.”
She then proceeded to read, without the slightest trace of irony, “You’ll be as famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.”
After finishing the story, she went around the room to take photos with the kids, most of whom didn’t appear to be feeling the #PowerOfTheFirstLady.
“You feeling good?” Melania asked a young child with cancer.
At one point, she reached for a girl’s hand. The girl tried pulling away, but Melania grabbed onto her anyway, then said, “Stay well. OK? Stay well.”
Another child refused to give her a hug, shaking her head no while the First Lady smiled uncomfortably. See it in the video below:
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“I hope you’re all feeling well. I pray for you. You are in my thoughts. And just get better very fast, OK?” the First Lady told the kids before making a hasty departure.
After her visit, she issued a statement advocating for sick children to spend more time in nature to help speed up their recoveries:
I am a passionate believer in integrating and interpreting nature’s elements into our daily lives to create a warm, nurturing and positive environment. I believe that these same natural benefits can be instrumental to enhancing the health and well-being of all children. It is important to me that children can recognize, identify and express their feelings in order to promote their mental wellness and healing process.
Hey, Melania, wanna know what else helps a child’s healing process?