Stephanie Grisham, press secretary and communication director for Melania Trump, called out what she sees as unfair media coverage of the first lady.

In an interview with Sean Hannity last week, Mrs. Trump said "opportunists" continually criticize her and her family, highlighting attacks on her son, 12-year-old Barron.

She accused comedians, journalists and others of "using my name or my family name to advance themselves."



Appearing on "Fox & Friends" Monday, Grisham took particular issue with a CNN op-ed that argued Mrs. Trump doesn't know what it means to be a first lady.

"Just hours before that op-ed posted, she was at a hospital here in D.C. visiting children and reading them a Christmas story. The day before that, she'd gone to two military bases and actually flown out to an aircraft carrier to visit with the military and thank them for their service. And the day before that, she'd been doing a toy drive with Toys For Tots," Grisham said.


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Grisham called out the media's "consistent negative coverage," saying they ignore the first lady's great work on behalf of the American people.

She noted that the first lady is trying to help children all over the world with her "Be Best" campaign, which concentrates on three main pillars: well-being, social media use and opioid abuse.

Grisham said the media is missing an opportunity to cover the important work the first lady is doing, but that's not going to stop her from using her platform for good.

"She's not going to be deterred, she's going to do what she thinks it right, she's going to stay true to herself," Grisham said. "Despite the negative criticism, despite the fact that the perception that perhaps the media is trying to put out there, she's going to continue to go out there and work on 'Be Best' and do what's right for kids."

Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.


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