First Lady Melania Trump on Tuesday kicked off her presidential husband’s election campaign for the first time this year, praising him as a “fighter” and offering her support to victims of the pandemic.
Trump, 50, was only a rare presence at her husband’s campaign events, but was praised for his speech at the Republican Party nominating convention in August.
“Donald is a fighter. He loves this country and he fights for you every day,” she told supporters of the president in Pennsylvania, a key battleground in her duel with Joe Biden.
Her plans to hit the track with her husband last week were thwarted due to a “lingering cough” from her battle with the coronavirus, which struck the first couple and her son Barron.
“Thank you for all the love and support you gave us when our family was diagnosed with Covid-19,” she said on Tuesday. “We feel so much better now.”
She offered her compassion to the families of the more than 225,000 Americans who have succumbed to Covid so far this year.
“I know there are a lot of people who have lost loved ones or know people who have been touched forever by this silent enemy,” she said.
“The thoughts and prayers of my family are with you all during this difficult time,” Trump added. “We will triumph over this virus.”
In her speech, she offered some comments on her husband’s rabid use of Twitter.
His “Be Best” campaign – which advocates for “uplifting, positive and respectful online interactions,” according to the White House website – has often come under criticism given the president’s online personality.
“For the first time in history, the citizens of this country can hear their president directly and instantly every day through social media,” she said.
“I don’t always agree with the way he puts it,” she added, to laughter from the crowd.
“But it’s important to him that he speaks directly to the people he serves.”
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