Here’s what Melania was doing while Trump called Dems ‘treasonous’ in Cincinnati – Metro US

Here’s what Melania was doing while Trump called Dems ‘treasonous’ in Cincinnati

Trumps' Cincinnati visit

The Trumps visited Cincinnati, Ohio, on Monday afternoon, and by now, you’ve probably read up on the president’s whereabouts.

During a speech at a manufacturing plant, he referred to the Democrats’ lack of enthusiasm during his SOTU as “treasonous.” While Republicans “were going crazy wild,” Trump said Democrats were “like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘Treasonous.‘ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not.”


Meanwhile, the first lady visited the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to learn about the youngest victims of the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Every day, more than 115 Americans overdose on opioids, and as of 2012, a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal (neonatal abstinence syndrome or NAS) every 25 minutes.

Babies born with NAS can suffer from seizures, vomiting or feeding difficulties. They’re more likely to be born premature and exhibit respiratory problems. You can read a full list of signs, symptoms and complications here.

According to CNN, at the beginning of her two-hour visit, Melania met with the hospital’s president and CEO Michael Fisher as well as the head doctors of the pediatrics and neonatology departments working with these opioid-affected babies.

Cincinnati.com reported that Melania was accompanied by White House counselor KellyAnne Conway as well as Jane Portman, wife of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman (R) and chairwoman of the hospital’s board of trustees.

After her briefing was over, the first lady got to the best part: visiting with patients (aka tiny humans). According to a White House news release, she gave each of the children coloring books and valentines.

“Thoughtful gifts from @FLOTUS and her team for our patients today,” the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital tweeted.

Melania played with the kids in the “activity room,” and when one girl reached for her, the first lady scooped her up and cradled her against her hip. They stayed that way for a few minutes, the blonde-haired girl resting beneath Melania’s mustard overcoat.

Melania also invited one little boy, second grader Cole Baughman, to visit her at the White House this summer. He’s been a patient at the children’s hospital since his birth, reported Cincinnati.com.

“She said: Make sure you come visit me when you come to D.C.,” the boy’s father told the publication.

He added that Melania “was really interested in the kids … she got down at [their] level and was really talking to both of them,” speaking of his son and daughter.

In a statement, the first lady said, “Children will always be my top priority, and I appreciated the opportunity to visit with the young patients today and witness firsthand their strength and spirit.”

Melania has also reportedly visited children’s hospitals in Washington, D.C. and New York as well as overseas in Paris and Rome.

“Yesterday’s visit to @CincyChildrens was very informative,” she tweeted Tuesday morning. “Learned their latest studies on babies exposed to opioids during pregnancy & the development of NAS. Enjoyed my time with children who are patients there!”

Watch footage of Melania’s time spent at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

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