First Lady Melania Trump joined President Donald J. Trump in welcoming President Ivan Duque Marquez and First Lady Maria Juliana Ruiz Sandoval of Colombia to the White House on Wednesday.

Over lunch in the Red Room on the State Floor of the White House, Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Ruiz Sandoval discussed the opioid crisis in the United States and the devastating impact it is having globally, especially on children and young mothers.

In particular, Mrs. Trump addressed the drug addiction problems amongst youth within the United States, and the work she is doing through her initiative, Be Best, to raise awareness about the harmful effects substance abuse can have on the next generation.

First Lady Melania Trump and Colombia First Lady Mrs. Maria Juliana Ruiz Sandoval talk together Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
First Lady Melania Trump and Colombia First Lady Mrs. Maria Juliana Ruiz Sandoval talk together Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

“Last week I met with experts at the Office of National Drug Control Policy to learn more about the harmful effects of substance abuse and the steps we are taking to address this problem,” said First Lady Melania Trump

She added: “We must continue raising awareness so parents and communities can understand fully the harm that opioids are having on our children.  My conversation with the First Lady of Colombia today further encouraged a global mission to fighting the addiction crisis and issues facing children domestically and all around the world.”

  President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet with Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez and his wife Mrs. Maria Juliana Ruiz Sandoval Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet with Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez and his wife Mrs. Maria Juliana Ruiz Sandoval Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Later on the day, Melania Trump tweeted: “Thank you to the First Lady of Colombia for a productive visit at the @WhiteHouse today. The opioid crisis is a global issue that we must continue to raise awareness on. Our children deserve a safer & healthier world.”

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