On Wednesday, Melania Trump outlined her goals as a first lady of the United States, saying she will work every day to further peace, human rights, and human dignity — especially for the children.
However, she then turned her gaze upon the mothers and fathers from of all walks of life, noting that first and foremost, it’s parents’ responsibility to raise their children to be moral, charitable, and to have love of country.
The first lady said family is at the heart of instilling proper values in children, while talking amongst spouses of dignitaries from around the globe at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in NYC. Trump said:
“Show me the loving bonds between your families today and I will show you the patriotism and moral clarity of your nation tomorrow. Our choices on how we raise and educate our children in fact provide the blueprint for the next generation. If we do not advocate a love of country to our children and generations to come, then why would our children grow up to fight for their countries?”
She then laid out the priority of parents: They should be “loving, educating and bringing up our next generation be happy, productive and morally responsible adults.” Next, she outlined the threats that children face around the world in her remarks:
“Together, we must acknowledge that all too often it is the weakest, most innocent and vulnerable among us, our children, who ultimately suffer the most from the challenges that plague our societies. Whether it is drug addiction, bullying, poverty, disease, trafficking, illiteracy, or hunger, it is the children who are hit first and hardest in any country.
“And as we all know, the future of every nation rests with the promise of their young people,” she said.
In addition, she remarked that the importance of charity should be taught to children.
“If we do not teach our children the importance of helping those less fortunate wherever they may be then why would they become caring adults who dedicate themselves to charity?” she said.
“No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn,” the First Lady said. “We need to step up, come together, and ensure that our children’s future is bright.”
Trump then concluded the topic by asking God for a heart-felt blessing:
“God Bless our children, God Bless our nations, and God Bless the United States of America,” she said.
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