U.S. first lady Melania Trump made her first solo trip to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, as she met with U.S. lawmakers to acknowledge their efforts in addressing the opioid crisis.
“I have traveled to some of the areas hardest hit by drug abuse and I have seen the devastating effects that this crisis has on families and children,” the first lady said at the meeting, adding, “This is why the SUPPORT Act is so important. It provides the necessary tools to fight this crisis.”
Since taking on her role as the first lady, Trump has been an advocate with her “Be Best” initiative, in which one of her pillars is focused on opioid abuse.
“We were very pleased to have first lady Melania Trump because she puts such a face to this,” Manchin told reporters after the meeting, adding.
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“I was honored to join [Melania Trump] and members of the Trump administration this morning in a roundtable discussion on how to keep up our efforts in this battle,” Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) tweeted.
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Following the meeting, Office of National Drug Control Policy Director James Carroll told reporters that it provided the opportunity for everyone “to come back together in a bipartisan fashion.”
He added that the meeting was also to “hear about, Where do go now?”
Red Ribbon Week — a drug, alcohol, tobacco, and violence prevention awareness campaign — kicked off on Wednesday.
As IJR previously reported, the first lady spoke about the importance of the week at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Red Ribbon Rally.