Melania Trump, first lady of the United States of America, brings an elegance and sophistication to her position that complements Trump’s boldness and down-to-earth qualities. Aside from being a mere symbolic figure, the first lady has decided to champion causes that are close to the hearts of the American people.
In an official White House message, Melania Trump announced she would be representing the United States at the Invictus Games. “I was heartened by the great success of the inaugural Invictus Games that took place in London in 2014, and the second games in Orlando, Florida last year,” said Mrs. Trump. “In just two short years, the Invictus Games have allowed thousands of injured and wounded servicemen and women from many different countries to participate in adaptive sports competitions – something that should be lauded and supported worldwide. I am honored by the opportunity to represent our country at this year’s games.” (via White House)
Originally founded in 2014 by Prince Henry of Wales, the Invictus Games are designed to help inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and spread understanding and respect for those who have served their country and have paid the sacrifice for it. More than 550 wounded servicemen and women from 17 different countries come to participate in the games.
The games will feature 12 sports that have been adapted for the injured, including archery, athletics, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair rugby, and golf.
Melania Trump will lead the United States delegation with a team of 90 American athletes in this year’s Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. This will be her first solo foreign trip as first lady, and she will presumably come face-to-face with senior members of the royal family of England – something the president still has to make arrangements for.
First ladies, although carrying only ceremonial duties, have been a highly visible member of American society, often dedicating themselves to the promotion and helping of causes worldwide. Melania Trump is continuing this longstanding tradition, as her predecessor, Michelle Obama, spent much time working on issues including childhood obesity, girls’ education, and military families.
First Lady Melania has been supportive of veterans and our military since her husband took office. Do you think she makes a good first lady?
From Lady Bird Johnson protecting the environment to Jackie Kennedy’s focus on the historical preservation of architectural treasures, first ladies of the United States have had a venerable history of championing causes dear to their hearts, and First Lady Melania Trump is no exception to this.
Donald Trump and his wife have made it a point to support causes related to wounded veterans. In his Republican primary, Trump passed on one of the GOP debates to instead do his own fundraiser for veterans, where he raised $6 million for various groups. Even in the little things, Trump shows compassion to the servicemen of his country, at one time stopping to pick up the hat of a Marine that was blown away by the wind.
It is no surprise to see Melania pledging to support wounded veterans in the same way her husband has and we’re lucky to have such an admirable woman as Melania Trump as first lady of the United States.