Transcript for Melania Trump reportedly issues statement after husband criticized for bullying tweet
Now to the backlash over the president's tweets about 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. The first lady releasing a statement in the face of criticism over her silence while her signature initiative is anti-cyberbullying. Kyra Phillips is at the white house with this story. Good morning, Kyra. Reporter: Good morning. The first lady has made it very clear that her be best initiative is to promote kindness online and prevent cyberbullying against children. Quite a juxtaposition to the president's most recent rip on "Time" magazine's 16-year-old activist who was named person of the year. Melania trump's be best caaign aims to protect children against bullying and online harassment. Be best. An awareness campaign dedicated to the most valuable and fragile among us, our children. Reporter: But this morning, many people are asking why isn't the first lady publicly disagreeing with her husband after he attacked 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter. World leaders are still trying to run away from their responsibilities. Reporter: President trump lashing out after the teenager was named "Time's" person of the year. So ridiculous, he tweeted. Greta must work on her anger management problem, then go to a good old-fashioned movie with a friend. Chill Gretta, chill. And he's done it before taking aim at Thunberg who has asperger's syndrome after her passionate speech at the U.N. You all come to us young people for hope. How dare you. Reporter: Trump's response then, she seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see. Now former first lady Michelle Obama giving Thunberg a boost, tweeting, don't let anyone dim your light. Ignore the doubters and know that millions of people are cheering you on. So where does the current first lady stand? The white house press secretary telling CNN, the president and first lady often communicate differently, as most married couples do. In the past Mrs. Trump speaking out saying she doesn't always see eye to eye with her husband. I don't always agree what he tweets and I tell him that. I give him my honest opinion and honest advice and sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn't. Have you ever told him to put his phone down? Yes. Reporter: Now the first lady has been quick to respond when people make comments about her own teenage son Barron. But her spokeswoman says this is different because Barron is, quote, not an activist traveling the globe and giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy. Now as of this morning I can tell you the first lady's be best ornaments hang here on the white house Christmas trees but she has yet to criticize her husband for mocking Thunberg. All right, Kyra Phillips for us at the white house, thank you.
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