Melania Trump was met with protests on Wednesday during a visit to a Boston hospital that uses cuddling to help treat children born dependent on drugs and alcohol.
The first lady praised Boston Medical Center for its “care and compassion” toward babies born addicted to substances, the Boston Herald reported.
Medical professionals standing in solidarity at Boston Medical center in protest of First Lady Melania Trumps visit.
First lady visiting cuddle program at Boston hospital for babies born on drugs.@boston25 pic.twitter.com/DPDaFxnI5j
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She made the visit as part of her “Be Best” initiative aimed at combating drug use and cyberbullying.
Trump sat in as the hospital’s doctors and staff discussed a pioneering program that enlists volunteers to cuddle with newborns experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
Babies born with “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome” endure a host of symptoms including seizures and sleep problems.
Trump pledged to “continue to raise awareness about Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and promote the incredibly important resources and programs that provide families with the care and help they need.”
Meanwhile, as many as 200 Boston Medical Center employees protested the first lady’s visit, holding signs that read, “We really do care. Do you?” and “We believe that healthy women = healthy families = healthy society.”
250 employees signed a petition in a failed attempt to get Trump’s visit canceled, the Herald reported.
“This is not a person that we want to come to our home, our hospital,” one hospital employee told NBC10 Boston.
“I hope today’s visit helps shine a light on programs like yours,” Trump said during the visit, according to the Herald.
“It is so important to acknowledge and show gratitude for what you are doing to help,” she added.
Trump later thanked Boston Medical Center for welcoming her inside its doors.