White House on Greta Thunberg: Trump, first lady communicate differently
Added 12-13-19 04:58:02pm EST - “The White House on Friday issued a statement underlining the different ways Melania Trump and President Trump communicate in response to questions about why the first lady did not respond to her husband's ridiculing of 16-year-old…” - Thehill.com
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The White House on Friday issued a statement underlining the different ways Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump tweet mocking Greta Thunberg sparks backlash Biden slams Trump for criticizing Greta Thunberg: 'What kind of president bullies a teenager?' Melania Trump's 'Be Best' hashtag trends after president goes after Greta Thunberg MORE and President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE communicate in response to questions about why the first lady did not respond to her husband's ridiculing of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg after she was named Time's "Person of the Year."
Trump's tweet about Thunberg was widely criticized, and some saw hypocrisy in Trump criticizing the 16-year-old while he, the first lady and others ripped a college professor who at last week's impeachment hearing invoked their young son's name. Critics of the first lady pointed to her #BeBest anti-bullying initiative.
"BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children," press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamWhite House vows to appeal ruling blocking use of military funds for border wall On The Money: Pelosi, Trump tout deal on new NAFTA | McConnell says no trade vote until impeachment trial wraps up | Lawmakers push spending deadline to Thursday Trump, White House rip Democrats over impeachment articles MORE said in a statement to CNN.
"It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy," added Grisham, who serves as a spokeswoman for both the president and first lady.
In his tweet, Trump mocked the teenage climate activist who has attended international conferences and earned a global following.
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