May 21 coronavirus news

First lady Melania Trump.First lady Melania Trump. CNN

First lady Melania Trump thanked American students for keeping up their studies and helping to keep the country safe.

She acknowledged the many changes they’ve had to make during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our the past two months, I know you have had to make many changes in your life. Many of you have had to attend classes in your homes and haven’t been able to see your friends,” Trump said.

The first lady went on to say she’s proud of them.

“Those changes were not easy but you’ve been so strong and I am proud of the examples you have become,” the first lady said in the prerecorded message aired during CNN’s town hall on coronavirus Thursday. “Your determination to get through this will define your generation for years to come.”

“So thank you for helping your families, your friends, your communities and our country to stay healthy and safe during these unusual times. Thank you for keeping up your studies and learning in new ways. As we navigate the days and weeks ahead, take care of yourself,” she added.

Trump encouraged students to “use this time” to read a book, practice their favorite sports, help out at home and reach out to friends and family.

“These are important and healthy habits that we can all easily practice and they are a reminder that we will only get through this with patience, compassion and care,” the first lady said.

“Please know that the President and I are with you during these challenging times and we continue to do everything we can to support you,” she added.


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