The First Lady has made children's well-being one of her top priorities. Along with the healing garden, she unveiled the Cardiac Intensive Care Floor.
Melania Trump has time and again proved that the physical and mental health of children is one of her top priorities ever since she became the First Lady. She has made a number of generous donations to ensure the well-being of children. On Monday, Melania Trump paid a visit to Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami where she unveiled the new Morton and Linda Bouchard Healing Garden. A space that is designed to reduce the stress that patients are going through. It is programmed to bring out positive emotions and outcomes. It is also called a therapeutic garden because various therapies take place here. Trump hopes that the new health garden will bring out renewed strength in the children. The name of the healing garden was revealed in a White House statement. A generous donation by the Bouchards helped build this healing space.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, the hospital's cardiac intensive care floor was also unveiled around the same time. It has been renamed after the Esrick Dream Foundation, which has also, according to a released statement, donated money to the hospital's cause. It is important to look after the well-being of children. After suffering from injuries, they are often scared and the trauma takes a toll on their mental health. It is important to pay attention to their mental health and make sure that they are emotionally stable and have dealt with the trauma. If this is done right, they will lesser mental and emotional challenges while growing up.
NEW: First lady Melania Trump unveils “Morton and Linda Bouchard Healing Garden” at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida, White House says. https://t.co/964Ni4xgAb pic.twitter.com/Qyp1GtzHuR— ABC News (@ABC) February 18, 2019
"It is because of the generous donations of people like Morton and Linda Bouchard, or Steve and Kiki Esrick of the Dream Foundation, that hospitals can offer more care and comfort to children who are already battling to get well," said the First Lady. "Thank you to all the generous donors for supporting the hospital and thank you to Jack and Barbara Nicklaus for inviting me to be part of this special occasion. I hope the new garden brings renewed strength to each child that visits." After the unveiling, Melania Trump took part in the butterfly release and then visited the patients at the hospital.
According to the White House, the Healing Garden is meant to be a serene place of total comfort and relaxation for the children and their families. It is specially designed for children to bring out joy and to enhance their mental health. In the statement that was released by the White House, it was also mentioned that Melania Trump's visit to the hospital was a part of her 'Be Best' initiative. This initiative focuses mainly on children in today's modern world. There's emphasis on their mental health, social media use, and opioid abuse prevention.
She said, "As a mother and as First Lady, it concerns me that in today's fast-paced and ever-connected world, children can be less prepared to express or manage their emotions and oftentimes turn to forms of destructive or addictive behavior such as bullying, drug addiction or even suicide." The Nicklaus Children's Hospital is the only licensed children's hospital in all of Florida. Donations like these that aim towards improving the facilities provided by the hospital are much needed.
When the initiative was first announced, Melania Trump received a lot of backlash from the people after announcing that cyberbullying was one of the focal points of the 'Be Best' campaign. She received criticism because of her husband's reputation for using social media sites like Twitter to often taunt or confront all those who disagree with him or stand against him. However, the White House summarily rejected those criticisms. The First Lady has continued to promote her initiative's goals and has seen to receive a lot of support in the past few months.
While Melania was busy visiting the children's hospital in Miami, her husband, President Donald Trump spent his day delivering a speech at Florida International University. During his speech, he addressed the political crisis in Venezuela and reaffirmed his support for Juan Guaidó, president of the country's national assembly. (Guaidó has declared himself the de facto president of the country. Trump and his administration have publicly supported him.) The president also used his speech to publicly denounce socialism, in general.
During the speech at the University, Donald Trump said, “Socialism by its very nature does not respect borders. It does not respect the boundaries or the sovereign rights of its citizens or its neighbors. It's always seeking to expand, to encroach, and subjugate others to its will," As reported by The New York Times, he further added, “Socialism has so completely ravaged this great country that even the world’s largest reserves of oil are no longer enough to keep the lights on,” and concluded saying, "This will never happen to us."
Coming back to the First Lady. During the Presidents' Day speech in Florida, she launched an extraordinary attack on oppressed socialism. She decried communism while telling the Venezuelan-Americans that she understands what it is like to live without freedom. “Many of you in the room know what it feels like to be blessed with freedom after living under the oppression of socialism and communism," she said. "Today we must let the Venezuelan people hear us all with one united voice. There's hope. We are free and we pray together loudly and proudly that soon the people of Venezuela will be free as well."
As for her campaign, it is still unclear as to what her long term goals for the 'Be Best' initiative are. Although, if her past actions are any indication, she'll likely continue to advocate for children's health and safety. Whether or not this is a publicity stunt rather than a genuine investment in children's future, is a question only time can answer.