Kyle Kashuv, a 16-year-old student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is coming to the defense of first lady Melania Trump after she took heat for meeting with him last week.
Kashuv, as one of the lone conservative voices from MSD, was overshadowed by his liberal peers until last week. During a whirlwind week, Kashuv did countless interviews and met with everyone from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to President Donald Trump and the first lady.
Wonderful to meet @KyleKashuv today. His message of unity is one we should all share. Thank you for visiting us at… https://t.co/RejVFbGECi— Melania Trump (@Melania Trump)1520551066.0
Instead of touting a message of gun control and more firearm restrictions, Kashuv has emphasized the need for improving school safety, arguing increased school safety will prevent the next school massacre.
But after his meeting with the Trumps, a journalist took a shot at seemingly both the Trumps and Kashuv, criticizing the Trumps for promoting "the most vocally anti-gun control Parkland survivor just over the last few days."
It’s been interesting watching pro-Trump media, and now the Trump administration, promote the most vocally anti-gun… https://t.co/lQYTAFxfhW— Will Sommer (@Will Sommer)1520555504.0
How did Kashuv respond?
He quickly responded to Sommer and explained the Trump administration isn't using him as a political pawn. Instead, it was him who requested the sit-down with the president. He even explained the White House was hesitant to meet because they didn't want it to appear as if the meeting was politically expedient.
Will, that isn't what happened at all. I REQUESTED the meeting with @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. I ASKED WH to post. Th… https://t.co/zYVzKuW1tY— Kyle Kashuv (@Kyle Kashuv)1520569441.0
He later personally defended the first lady:
Insulting @FLOTUS because you dislike her husband is immoral and an insult to what Mrs. Trump is doing with me. She… https://t.co/UUnHCCmdWR— Kyle Kashuv (@Kyle Kashuv)1520610269.0