(CNN) – Melania Trump made a rare solo appearance in Washington at a Children’s Hospital Friday. It’s the third day in a row of public events for a first lady who has spent much of the first 100 days in private.
99 days into President Donald Trump’s presidency, first lady Melania Trump is just getting comfortable with her new role. She visited the Children’s National Health System in Washington on Friday to speak at the dedication of a hospital garden.
Melania said, “It has always been my belief that the nurturing and positive environment is vital to the health and well-being of all children.”
Reluctant to embrace her position during the early months of her husband’s presidency, Melania has remained mostly out of the spotlight. It wasn’t until late March that she gave her first formal on camera remarks at the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Awards.
She said, “As leaders of our shared global community, we must continue to work towards gender empowerment and respect for people from all backgrounds and ethnicities.”
Her lack of visibility is partly because she chose to stay at Trump Tower in New York with her 11 year old son Barron, through the end of the school year. Yet slowly, Melania has been inching into the public eye.
At the Easter egg roll, she spent time with children, and she’s increasingly at the president’s side, even reminding him put on his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem.
This is a much different picture than inauguration day, when President Trump awkwardly left her behind while greeting the Obama’s.
The learning curve has been steep. In February the first lady of japan, Akie Abe, accompanied her husband to Washington but Melania was noticeably absent, joining instead at Mara Lago in Florida.
But several weeks later, when Queen Rania of Jordan visited, Melania was on hand.
Melania said, “We must find better ways to honor and support the basic goodness of our children, especially in social media.”
During the campaign, Mrs. Trump promised to combat cyberbullying as first lady. However, it’s not a topic she’s embraced in her first 100 days. Most recently, she has focused on women’s empowerment and access to education.
She said, “It is therefore our duty to continue to shine the light on each miraculous victory achieved by women.”
As she continues to define her causes, she is also expected to build her east wing staff. Her hiring pace lagging behind other first ladies during this time, perhaps because she is not yet living in the white house.
It’s still unclear when she will make her final move to the white house, but there are signs that the wheels are in motion, the official white house interior decorator, appointed by Melania, continues to make the house a home for the Trumps.
Melania’s visit to children’s hospital Friday is another sign that she’s learning to dive in a bit more, and engage the press, more evidence she’s taking on this role as first lady.