First lady slams crit­ics over ten­nis project tweet

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — First lady Me­la­nia Trump pushed back Satur­day af­ter photos she tweeted of her­self over­see­ing a White House con­struc­tion project gen­er­ated an on­line back­lash.

“I en­cour­age ev­ery­one who chooses to be neg­a­tive & ques­tion my work at the @White­House to take time and con­trib­ute some­thing good & pro­duc­tive in their own com­mu­ni­ties,” she said in a new tweet. She in­cluded a hash­tag for Be Best, her program to teach chil­dren to be civil on­line.

On Thurs­day, she tweeted photos, in­clud­ing two of her­self wear­ing a hard hat while re­view­ing blue­prints for the con­struc­tion of a ten­nis pav­il­ion on the south grounds.

Crit­ics lashed out, with some say­ing the photos were in­sen­si­tive dur­ing the coro­n­avirus scare.

The White House has said no pub­lic funds will be used for the project.

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