First Lady Melania Trump will appear on CNN’s town hall, “Coronavirus: Facts and Fears,” Thursday night, her first televised appearance since the pandemic.
CNN’s Coronavirus town hall on Thursday will focus mostly on education and the disruption of their education due to schools and colleges forcing to close because of the coronavirus.
Melania’s remarks will be prerecorded and she will address the nation’s student whose lives were altered academically due to stay-at-home orders and other precautionary health measures.
“Her remarks, which will be pre-recorded, are the first solo broadcast message from [Melania] Trump since the onset of the pandemic,” CNN said in an announcement. “It is anticipated she will specifically address the nation’s students, most of whom have had their academic lives altered by stay-at-home orders and other precautionary health measures.”
The network’s weekly town hall on the pandemic debuted in March, is hosted by “AC360” anchor Anderson Cooper and CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
President Trump, who frequently blasts CNN as “fake news” on Twitter and to its reporters in person has not appeared on the network since becoming president. The last appearance Trump was seen on the network was at the end of August 2016 on Cooper’s prime-time show after formally becoming the Republican presidential nominee.
On Tuesday, Melania participated with her husband in a scheduled call with governors discussing the coronavirus response. President Trump praised Melania as a “great representative” of the country. The First Lady emphasized the need for governors to “make sure that children are not overlooked in this crisis” and asked governors to focus on “mental health and how we can partner with each of your states to support all Americans — especially children” as part of her Be Best Initiative.
Since the pandemic, the First Lady has been keeping active on social media by providing a steady stream of videos and website links on how to prevent the spread of the virus, the importance of wearing a face covering, recommending fun activities for families to partake together while in quarantine, and showing appreciation for healthcare heroes, first responders and essential workers by thanking them.
Melania also sent care packages from the First Lady’s Be Best initiative containing blankets, caps, tote bags, pencils, backpacks, stickers, Dr. Seuss books, and games to children patients in hospitals. Earlier this month, she sent boxed lunches made from the White House Chef to the Children’s Inn hospital in Maryland and staff workers at a D.C. Trader Joe’s store.
“First Lady Melania Trump donated 150 boxed lunches to the pat patients and staff of Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health,” Stephanie Grisham, the First Lady spokesperson said in a statement. “Supporting those impacted by the effects of COVID19 is something the First Lady cares deeply about, and as we navigate these unique times she will continue to reach out to people in a variety of ways.”
The town hall will air on CNN at 8 p.m. ET.