Melania Trump Speaks to the UN, Tells World Leaders to 'Step Up' to Protect Children
First Lady Melania Trump addressed the United Nations on Wednesday, calling for world leaders to "step up" to improve the lives of children around the world.
"No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn. We need to step up, come together, and ensure that our children's future is bright," Trump said during a luncheon at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York City.
The audience included world leaders and their spouses, among others, according to the White House.
"Show me the loving bonds between your families today and I will show you the patriotism and moral clarity of your nation tomorrow," Trump said. "If we do not advocate a love of country to our children and the generations to come, then why would our children grow up to fight for our country's founding principles and moral truth?"
Trump said that children are often “hit first and hardest in any country” when it comes to drug addiction, bullying, poverty, disease, trafficking, illiteracy and hunger.
"We must come together for the good of our children, because through them our future will be defined," Trump said, reiterating the importance of teaching children by example the values of empathy and communication.
"I hope you will join me in recommitting ourselves to teaching the next generation to live by and honor the Golden Rule," Trump said.
"God bless our children, God bless our nations and God bless the United States of America," she concluded.
President Donald Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, stressing the sovereignty of the United States and saying other countries must do their part to support the international community militarily and financially.
Watch the first lady's remarks above, and see the president's full address below.