U.S. First Lady Melania Trump is defending those who booed her during a recent event in Baltimore.
As the first lady was introduced at a youth event on Tuesday, she was booed by students. She continued to receive more boos, mixed with a few cheers, when she began her remarks.
“Hello, everyone,” she said, drawing a louder reaction from those in attendance of the Baltimore Youth Summit. The summit was on opioid abuse, which is part of the first lady’s “Be Best” initiative.
Despite the rough start to the event, Trump said at the end of her speech, “Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving. May God bless you, your families and the United States of America.” As she finished her remarks, there were more boos along with cheers.
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Children boo Melania as she is introduced at a youth opioid awareness event in Baltimore. pic.twitter.com/OuKfHLf6uc— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) November 26, 2019
In response to the booing at the event, the first lady didn’t pushback on those criticizing her, instead, she said that they’re “entitled to their opinion.”
“We live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the fact is we have a serious crisis in our country and I remain committed to educating children on the dangers and deadly consequences of drug abuse,” Melania Trump said in a statement.