Melania drastically expands its Be Best initiative with 22 & # 39; ambassadors & # 39; in government departments to spread anti-bullying and anti-drug messages
- Melania Trump announced a major expansion of her Be Best campaign
- 22 ambassadors from various government agencies will participate in its anti-bullying and drugs program
- & # 39; There is no better chance than to help children grow up to reach their full potential & # 39 ;, she said in a statement
- Her announcement comes after she said she's looking forward to another six years as the first lady of the United States
Melania Trump announced a major expansion of its Be Best campaign on Monday with 22 ambassadors from various government agencies participating in its anti-bullying and drugs program.
& # 39; I am pleased that we have identified and collaborated with so many organizations inside and outside the government to promote and expand the three pillars of BE BEST & # 39 ;, said the first lady in a statement.
& # 39; As we move to the next phase of my initiative, I look forward to the upcoming work. There is no better chance than to help children grow up to reach their full potential. & # 39;
Melania Trump, seen here during the celebration of Be Best's first birthday in May, announced a major expansion of her program
Melania Trump announced the Be Best program in May 2018 and is seen here with President Trump in the Oval Office celebrating the launch
The new ambassadors will act as a point of contact for the Be Best program – with its three pillars of child welfare, online safety and combating opioid abuse – while the first lady continues her work on these issues.
Thirteen cabinet departments and eight federal agencies are participating, according to a list provided to DailyMail.com by the East Wing.
& # 39; I look forward to working with all of our # BeBest ambassadors & # 39 ;, Melania Trump wrote on Twitter. & # 39; Happy to work with so many people both inside and outside the government to improve children's lives everywhere! & # 39;
Be Best was founded in May 2017 – a name that was personally chosen by the first lady. It started slower but grew as Melania Trump became more comfortable in her role.
She has been more actively present this month in her husband's presidency: addressing reporters in the Oval Office when the Polish president visited and spoke and formally launched his 2020 re-election horizon.
Be Best has been the focus of her work in her two years at the White House.
Be the best ambassadors
The department and bodies participating in the Be Best ambassador program:
Department of Agriculture of the United States
US Department of Commerce
US Department of Defense.
US Department of Education
United States Department of Health and Human Services
US Department of Homeland Security
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
US Department of the Interior
US Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Labor
Department of Foreign Affairs of the United States
U.S. Department of Transportation
US Department of Finance
U.S. Agency for International Development
Consumer Protection Agency
National and Community Service Corporation
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Trade Commission
National Science Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Social Security Administration
She has visited hospital programs that help babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, she has attended school programs that focus on kindness; and she has worked with companies such as Microsoft on online security issues.
President Donald Trump said her work was about addiction problems partly inspired by their 13-year-old son Barron.
& # 39; She has a son she loves, and she wants to make sure Barron has no problems, and she wants to make sure that many people in this country see the suffering, the terrible suffering, & he said in an administration. opioid addiction briefing last month.
At the one-year anniversary of her Be Best program in May, Melania Trump announced her plans to expand the ambassadorial role to increase the involvement and cooperation of federal agencies in the administration.
A representative at the United States Agency for International Development served as the first ambassador for the program. Monday's announcement added 21 more ambassadors.
The first lady also announced last month that she will make an international trip for her Be Best program this fall.
That location has not yet been announced. She went to Africa last year – her first solo trip abroad as a first lady.
Melania Trump & # 39; s expansion of her signature program comes after she said she is excited to serve in the White House for another six years.
& # 39; It is my honor to be the first lady of this incredible country for the past two years. And I'm excited to do it six more times, & she told a campaign rally in Florida last week when she formally helped President Trump launch his re-election.
& # 39; I am proud of everything my husband, this administration, and our entire family have done on behalf of the American people in such a short time & # 39 ;, she said.
And two weeks ago Melania Trump joined the president and his staff for an update on the administration's efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
First lady Melania Trump delivered an opioid briefing at the White House two weeks ago
Last week the first lady spoke during the formal launch by the president of his re-election
& # 39; I always say more about love than about drugs, & # 39; she advised.
She also said her best initiative was to work with families and our youth to defeat the stigma and talk about the problem with opioid addiction. It is very important to be open and to ask for help.
She promised to continue to raise awareness of how dangerous drugs are.
President Trump praised her work on the opioid addiction problem.
& # 39; I really think we owe a lot to the first lady, & # 39; he said.
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