Melania Trump trolled after announcing Be Best plans to 'better the lives of children everywhere': 'Is she for real?'

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  • Melania Trump
    Melania Trump
    Former First Lady of the United States
  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump
    45th President of the United States
US First Lady Melania Trump speaks during the launch of the Trump 2020 campaign at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on June 18, 2019. - Trump kicks off his reelection campaign at what promised to be a rollicking evening rally in Orlando. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Melania Trump is getting flak for promoting her Be Best initiative amid reports of conditions at migrant holding centers. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

While President Trump is busy shooting down writer E. Jean Carroll’s claims that he sexually assaulted her in the mid-’90s, the first lady is throwing herself into work.

On Monday, Melania Trump announced that she will be expanding her Be Best program — which tackles children’s issues, cyberbullying and opioid addiction — by appointing 21 Be Best ambassadors from various government agencies to, according to a press statement, “help further the first lady’s goal of educating children and parents about the issues they face, and promoting programs and services available to help them with today’s challenges.”

Though supporters have championed the first lady’s work, Be Best has also frequently been criticized by those who say it’s hypocritical of FLOTUS to fight bullying without speaking out against her husband’s own controversial online behavior.

But the timing of her latest Be Best announcement — which comes just days after new reports highlighting the harrowing and inhumane conditions faced by migrant children at border detention centers that have been compared by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to concentration camps — has renewed criticism. In particular, Trump’s line about working to “better the lives of children everywhere” raised eyebrows, with critics calling her “tone-deaf” and citing the border conditions.

Actor George Takei, who has compared the detention centers to the internment camps he spent time in as a Japanese-American child during World War II, accused the first lady of “trolling” the public.

This latest Be Best controversy comes nearly a year to the day since Trump notoriously wore a jacket with the message “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” on the back while traveling to meet migrant children in detention centers.

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