Washington (CNN)First lady Melania Trump on Thursday led her first roundtable discussion on a policy issue, signaling she is adding the opioid crisis and its effects on families and children to her portfolio.
“The well-being of children is of the utmost importance to me and I plan to use my platform as first lady to help as many kids as I can,” said Trump, who invited 10 guests to the White House State Dining Room.
Some of the invitees’ lives were directly affected by opioid abuse and others work in the drug recovery field. Other attendees included Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President.
“(The) roundtable is about listening and learning,” East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN. “She wants to speak with as many people as possible and get their feedback on ways she can use her role as first lady to help with this epidemic.”