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Melania Claims Her Presence Alone ‘Inspires’ Sick Children as She Visits Children’s Hospital on Valentines Day

It’s Valentines Day, and first lady Melania Trump spent her morning with a group of ill children at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Children’s Inn is a non-profit that creates a free “home away from home” for children with critical health conditions.

Several of the children have rare genetic diseases including sickle cell anemia, giant axonal neuropathy and various other immunodeficiency diseases, according to the hospital spokeswoman.

Families stay at the NIH inn to participate in clinical research — diving into the behavior and nature of living systems — to try to reduce the burdens of illnesses and disabilities on children.

It is now the third year Trump has visited the inn on Feb. 14.

Trump wore red as she met with the children — including some on bed rest — and helped to craft special valentines.

One child that was hooked up to oxygen tanks and several IVs, raised a small thin arm to wave at the first lady.

She was greeted by Jennie Lucca, the inn’s CEO, director and vice chair, and approximately 15 patients — almost all under the age of 10.

The first lady spent her time seated at the tables adorned with pink and red — helping to decorate the cut-out sugar cookies with icing, as the children showed her their heart decorations made of paper maché.

She told the kids, “Stay strong, we will think of you and pray for you, you will be in my thoughts.”

Just before leaving, Trump handed out her own red Valentine’s Day cards to all the children and addressed the staff.

“I’m so glad to be seeing the children feeling well … thank you for all that you do and keeping strong,” she told the staff and families. “This is a great place and have a great team to take care of them.”

After the visit, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted, “FLOTUS just returned from a visit to The Childrens Inn at NIH this morning. A tradition she’s enjoyed for 3 years, sharing love & kindness with many strong children & inspiring patients! Happy #ValentinesDay #BeBest”

Grisham also acts as the press secretary for the first lady.

Now, how exactly does Melania “inspire” patients?

Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Shouldn’t it be Melania who is inspired by these tough young warriors, who are in the fight for their lives?

Does Melania deserves applause for doing the most basic work at First Lady?

Seriously, Melania is hours away from hopping on Air Force One to spend the weekend at Mar-a-Lago on taxpayer dime. Why doesn’t she treat one of these families to a weekend at Mar-a-Lago with her? Surely they would love the respite from the hospital.

But no, let’s cheer Melania for showing up for a 30-minute photo-op with sick children.

Watch this video, see how the blonde lady in black squats to lower herself to the child’s level? That is how you connect with children.

Watch Melania…she can’t even be bothered.


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