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'I am fighting for you': Melania Trump speaks at youth summit on opioid awareness

'I am fighting for you': Melania Trump speaks at youth summit on opioid awareness
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'I am fighting for you': Melania Trump speaks at youth summit on opioid awareness
Melania Trump on Tuesday urged students at a youth summit to avoid misusing drugs, saying that would make it harder for them to achieve.But her brief remarks at the event in Baltimore were met with cheers and boos from an audience of middle and high school students that remained noisy throughout her entire five-minute address.Mrs. Trump's office released a statement, saying, "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."The first lady has been using her prominence to spotlight programs she thinks can help young people, whether it's to teach them to be positive online or to avoid drug abuse and addiction.She went to Maryland to address the Baltimore Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness, appearing on behalf of her "Be Best" youth campaign, which includes a focus on the U.S. epidemic of often deadly opioid use.Students simultaneously booed and cheered her introduction.When the audience remained rowdy after she began to speak, she interrupted her remarks to say, "Hello, everyone," before continuing.Several dozen students had stood when the announcer asked them to stand if they had lost someone to drugs.The first lady said she wants to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic and to help educate young people about living drug free."I am in this fight with you and I am fighting for you," she said.She urged anyone currently grappling with addiction to ask someone for help."I know each one of you has hopes and dreams for the future, whether it is college, joining the military, or playing a sport, your future will be determined by the choices you make," Mrs. Trump said."Using drugs will only slow you down and prevent you from achieving those goals," she said.Her husband, President Donald Trump, has had a difficult relationship with Baltimore.Trump recently labeled the city a "disgusting rat and rodent infested mess," saying no human would want to live there.The president also criticized the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Democrat who represented parts of the city in Congress for decades. At the time of his death in October, Cummings was a central player in multiple House investigations of Trump and his administration.Trump refused to cooperate with the congressional inquiries.He was met with protests in September, including by a giant inflatable rat, when he went to Baltimore to meet with House Republicans.The youth summit is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and actor Mark Wahlberg's youth foundation to help educate students, teachers and parents about opioid use and misuse.Joining the first lady as speakers were:James Wahlberg, executive director, The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation Jesse Fong, special agent in charge, DEA Washington Division OfficeRob Hur, United States attorney, District of MarylandMarilyn Mosby, state's attorney, BaltimoreDr. Letitia Dzirasa, Baltimore City health commissionerBrandon Novak, author, former professional skateboarder, recovery advocateDee-1, rapper and performer

Melania Trump on Tuesday urged students at a youth summit to avoid misusing drugs, saying that would make it harder for them to achieve.

But her brief remarks at the event in Baltimore were met with cheers and boos from an audience of middle and high school students that remained noisy throughout her entire five-minute address.

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Mrs. Trump's office released a statement, saying, "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."

The first lady has been using her prominence to spotlight programs she thinks can help young people, whether it's to teach them to be positive online or to avoid drug abuse and addiction.

She went to Maryland to address the Baltimore Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness, appearing on behalf of her "Be Best" youth campaign, which includes a focus on the U.S. epidemic of often deadly opioid use.

Students simultaneously booed and cheered her introduction.

When the audience remained rowdy after she began to speak, she interrupted her remarks to say, "Hello, everyone," before continuing.

Several dozen students had stood when the announcer asked them to stand if they had lost someone to drugs.

The first lady said she wants to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic and to help educate young people about living drug free.

"I am in this fight with you and I am fighting for you," she said.

She urged anyone currently grappling with addiction to ask someone for help.

"I know each one of you has hopes and dreams for the future, whether it is college, joining the military, or playing a sport, your future will be determined by the choices you make," Mrs. Trump said.

"Using drugs will only slow you down and prevent you from achieving those goals," she said.

Her husband, President Donald Trump, has had a difficult relationship with Baltimore.

Trump recently labeled the city a "disgusting rat and rodent infested mess," saying no human would want to live there.

The president also criticized the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Democrat who represented parts of the city in Congress for decades. At the time of his death in October, Cummings was a central player in multiple House investigations of Trump and his administration.

Trump refused to cooperate with the congressional inquiries.

He was met with protests in September, including by a giant inflatable rat, when he went to Baltimore to meet with House Republicans.

The youth summit is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and actor Mark Wahlberg's youth foundation to help educate students, teachers and parents about opioid use and misuse.

Joining the first lady as speakers were:

  • James Wahlberg, executive director, The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation
  • Jesse Fong, special agent in charge, DEA Washington Division Office
  • Rob Hur, United States attorney, District of Maryland
  • Marilyn Mosby, state's attorney, Baltimore
  • Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, Baltimore City health commissioner
  • Brandon Novak, author, former professional skateboarder, recovery advocate
  • Dee-1, rapper and performer