A spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump responded with a defiant statement to a report that President Donald Trump had acted bizarrely to seeing her television screen set to a hostile news channel.
Here's what happened
According to a New York Times report, the president allegedly grew angry at seeing that the first lady's television on Air Force One was tuned into CNN.
CNN and the president have locked horns in rhetorical combat since before the election, with Trump accusing the cable news channel of biased "fake news" coverage, while reporters and anchors constantly attack the president and his agenda.
'Seems kind of silly to worry about'
The first lady did not address the truth or falsity of the report, but a statement from her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, slammed reporters for focusing on such trivial issues.
"Did you know that every 15 minutes a baby is born with NAS?" Grisham asked, referring to neonatal abstinence syndrome. "Maybe you'd like to talk about the 160,000 kids who skip school every day for fear of being bullied, or that 280,000 students are physically attacked in schools every month."
"Seems kind of silly to worry about what channel she watches on TV (any channel she wants btw) or if she heard some recording on the news," she added.
Melania vs. the media
The first lady has had a similarly combative relationship to the media as Trump. In June, her spokeswoman offered a defiant and cryptic statement in response to a comment from Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giulani, about an alleged affair between the president and adult film star Stormy Daniels.
“She believes her husband and she doesn’t think it’s true,” Giuliani said of the first lady.
“I don’t believe Mrs. Trump has ever discussed her thoughts on anything with Mr. Giuliani,” responded Grisham later.