First Lady Melania Trump on Wednesday morning, Oct 23, made her first solo trip to Capitol Hill to discuss opioid policy with members of the House and Senate.
Mrs. Trump, wearing a camel-colored pant suit, exchanged thanks with members of the administration and lawmakers on the first anniversary of a law that helps fight opioid addiction.
“We’re celebrating,” said Alex Azar, Trump’s secretary of health and human services.
In brief remarks, Mrs. Trump said the law enacted a year ago, called the SUPPORT Act—is compatible with her childhood initiative, Be Best. Both, she said, focus on children affected by the opioid crisis.
“Because of the SUPPORT Act, we are able to look at ways to reduce opioid use during pregnancy and recognize early childhood issues related to substance abuse,” she said.
Following her remarks, members of Congress shared how the Act continues to affect their local communities in the fight to reduce drug abuse. The discussion addressed the overall addiction and mental health issues involved in this drug crisis. The conversation also touched on the successful ways that law enforcement has stopped the influx of drugs. Several members praised the supportive bipartisan nature in passing legislation to help end the crisis.
“Today on the Hill was a great opportunity to acknowledge the incredible work the Administration is doing in our communities and throughout this nation to end the drug crisis through the SUPPORT Act,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “It also served as a continued call to action for members of Congress to continue building on what is working and identifying ways that all levels of government can support the effort. I look forward to working together with Congress to continue providing support to families suffering from this terrible crisis.”
Melania Trump was an island of calm in a sea of impeachment inquiry to the president. She could have canceled the event just off the Senate floor. Instead, she arrived with an entourage of administration officials, including Azar and White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway.
The First Lady expressed her gratitude to members of Congress on her fanpage after the meeting.
Earlier, she joined to celebrate Red Ribbon Week – an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October.
“There is no room for illegal drugs in our schools & communities. I encourage youth to take the pledge this week & choose to live #DrugFree,” Melania Trump said.
Includes reporting from the Associated Press.