May 9th, 2018 17:44 EST
Outrage! April Ryan Says Melania Trump Isn't 'Culturally American'
"CNN contributor April Ryan was not impressed with Melania Trump`s Be Best campaign, saying that the first lady was not culturally American.
`This is a first lady who is not culturally American, but she is learning the ways,` Ryan told `OutFront` host Erin Burnett on Monday evening of the campaign.
The `Be Best` campaign, which was launched at the White House on Monday, will focus on children, specifically curbing opioid abuse and cyberbullying.
Melania Trump was born in Slovenia and became an American citizen in 2006."
April Ryan serves as a White House correspondent and is the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks.
I have tremendous respect for Ryan, she speaks truth to power and she can always be counted on to challenge White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, especially when it comes to issues of race.
But I take issue with her statement that Melania Trump isn`t culturally American. The First Lady is a very private person, and the public, including journalists, know very little about her.
One of the few things we know about her is that she`s not fluent in English, but give the lady a break, she speaks five languages.
Is Ryan implying that people who speak broken English aren`t culturally American? The naturalized Hispanic citizen who mows our lawns, and the naturalized Chinese citizen who dry-cleans our clothes may not speak fluent English fluently but they are just as American as April Ryan.
April Ryan owes Melania Trump an apology, it`s not our proficiency in English but our citizenship that makes us Americans.
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