Melania Trump wants kids to “Be Best” so she brought a few along with her Monday to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
The first lady appeared with a multi-culti crew of kids from the United Nations International School Monday ahead of this week’s UN General Assembly session.
The photo op drew widespread criticism among UNIS parents and older students, who blame Melania’s famous husband for cutting funds to the international body and showing disdain for climate change and international alliances.
School administrators insist the event was an invaluable opportunity to promote the school’s ethos of international dialogue, cooperation and education.
One of the 10 third- and fourth-graders who volunteered to appear held up a makeshift sign with the UNIS mission statement. The boy read the statement out loud and handed it to the first lady.
Melania Trump drew a standing ovation from traders as she walked beneath the giant computer screens where stock prices are displayed.
She briefly chatted with the students, who reflected the school’s famously diverse student body, as they awaited the deafening bell that rings at 9:30 a.m. daily.
Melania Trump says she is using the appearance to boost her ‘Be Best’ campaign, which advocates against cyberbullying and opioid addiction, although it was not immediately clear how exactly it did that.
The First Lady, who was born in the central European nation of Slovenia, is relatively popular on the world stage, unlike President Trump who polls show is widely disliked except in a handful of countries including Russia and Israel.
Leaders of the UNIS parent protest declined to comment on Melania Trump’s appearance Monday.