Politics Middle and high schoolers booed Melania Trump for 30 seconds at an opioid awareness event in Baltimore
First lady Melania Trump draws boos at Baltimore youth summit on opioid awareness
First lady Melania Trump drew a a mixed reception at a Baltimore youth summit on opioid awareness, where she told a crowd that “drugs will only slow you down.” “I know each of you has hopes and dreams for the future, whether it’s college, joining the military or playing sports,” the first lady told more than a thousand middle and high school students Tuesday at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Event Center. “Your future will be determined by the choices you make. Using drugs will only slow you down.”Trump was introduced by Jim Wahlberg — the brother of actor Mark Wahlberg — at the B’More Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness.
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First lady Melania Trump on Tuesday was loudly booed at an anti-drug event in Baltimore, Maryland, for middle and high school students.
The booing lasted for approximately 30 seconds as Trump was introduced at the Baltimore Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness. As Trump began to speak, some in the crowd continued to jeer at her.
Talking over the audience, Trump said: "Thank you to all of the students who are here. I am so proud of you for the bravery it takes to share that you have been strongly affected by the opioid epidemic in some way."
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The first lady's appearance occurred as part of her "Be Best" initiative, which focuses on three main pillars: "well-being, online safety, and opioid abuse."
Kate Bennett of CNN, whose reporting focuses on the first lady, said she could not recall an event where the first lady was so negatively received. Bennett, who was at the event in Baltimore on Tuesday, said she believed this was.
.— Monica Akhtar (@Monica_Akhtar) was loudly booed as she took the stage at a youth summit for opioid awareness in Baltimore today.
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