Melania Trump visits Nashville hospital for drug-addicted babies

Melania Trump launches her long-awaited first-lady initiative, “Be Best,” focusing on issues that children confront. (May 7)
First lady Melania Trump flew to Nashville Tuesday, where she was briefed on babies born dependent on drugs.

At the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Trump blew bubbles with pediatric patients and got down on kid-level to play trains after attending a roundtable on treatment options for infants of opioid-addicted mothers born in conditions of withdrawal.

Crouching down to play with 4-year-old patient Essence Overton, Trump playfully complimented the child’s painted nails. “Yours are all different colors. I like that,” the first lady said. CNN reports the tot then took the first lady’s hand and said, “Oh! You painted yours white!”

The visit was part of Trump’s new “Be Best” initiative, which she has said will focus on child well-being, social media use and the consequences of the opioid addiction epidemic.

For her visit, the first lady, dressed in a slate gray and white dress cinched with a wide belt, purchased about nine small fleece blankets with the White House seal embroidered in the corner to hand out to families during her visit, her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said. The blankets are pink, blue and white.

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