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Melania Trump says she wants to address cyberbullying as first lady

Melania Trump (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

BERWYN, Pa. — In the final days of her husband’s bid for the White House, Melania Trump made a rare appearance on the campaign trail to argue that Republican Donald Trump “will make a fantastic president of these United States” and to reveal what cause she would like to address as first lady.

During a speech Thursday in Pennsylvania, Trump said it would be an “honor” to serve as first lady, saying she would use the role to be an “advocate for women and children” by combating cyberbullying on social media.

She said that, although adults may be able to handle unkind words on social media, “children and teenagers can be fragile.”

“Technology has changed our universe,” she said. “But like anything that is powerful, it can have a bad side.”

“Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough,” she said. “Especially to children and teenagers,” adding, “We have to find a better way to talk to each other to disagree with each other, to discuss with each other.”

Trump also spoke of her own journey to become an American citizen. She said that during her childhood in Slovenia, “‘America’ was the word for freedom and opportunity. ‘America’ meant if you could dream it you could become it.”

She said that as she worked toward a career in fashion, she wanted to follow her dreams "to a place where freedom and opportunity were in abundance," so she came to the United States.

She called becoming an American citizen “the greatest privilege in the world.”

Trump also said her husband will bring change to Washington because he “certainly knows how to shake things up.”

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