Melania Trump Slams ‘Mean’ Social Media Culture, Defends Donald

Melania addressing her first campaign rally after the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

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Melania Trump speaks on Thursday, 3 November 2016. (Photo: AP)

Melania Trump, the wife of US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, said on Thursday she would work to improve a social media culture that “has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers” if she becomes First Lady.

Trump, who was born in Slovenia and became an American citizen in 2006, said that becoming a United States citizen was "the greatest privilege in the world".

"I'm an immigrant, and no one values the freedoms and opportunities of America more than me," CNN quoted her as saying.

In a rare appearance on the campaign trail she discussed her vision for her role in the White House for the first time in suburban Philadelphia.

Additionally, Melania also strongly defended her husband, saying he would make 'America great again'.

Surrounded by our family, and speaking to an audience of millions, Donald promised to campaign on behalf of those who feel the system is broken and does not work for them, those who just want a fair shake, an opportunity for a better education, a better-paying job, a better future... He pledged to restore integrity to Washington, and respect for America abroad.
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"We must find better ways to honour and support the basic goodness of our children, especially in social media," she said. "It will be one of the main focuses of my work, if I am privileged enough to become your First Lady."

However, she made no allusion to her husband's long history of bullying political foes, journalists and entertainers on Twitter.

Melania Trump speaks on Thursday, 3 November 2016. (Photo: AP)
Melania Trump speaks on Thursday, 3 November 2016. (Photo: AP)

It was Melania Trump's first speech since her appearance at the Republican National Convention, where her remarks triggered controversy because one section plagiarised Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic National Committee speech. A speechwriter later apologised.

She cast her husband as someone who's in touch with America's working class. Speaking at a rally outside Philadelphia, Melania said:

I have come here to talk about this man I have known for 18 years. And I have come here today to talk about our partnership, our family, and what I know for sure in my heart, about this man, who will make America great again.

Melania in her speech touched on family, her marriage, the campaign experience and the goals she has as first lady.

Her speech on Thursday was the first of what Donald Trump said in an interview with ABC would be two or three major speeches before the 8 November election.

The speech took place in Berwyn, Pennsylvania - in the suburbs of Philadelphia - and was designed to help Trump win over the middle-class women in the region who could tip the balance of Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes for Trump or Clinton.

She was addressing her first campaign rally after the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

(With agency inputs.)

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