Ex-First Lady Melania Trump Returns to Public Eye With NFTs Aimed at Helping Children in Foster Care
In a statement posted on her social media the former first lady said that the new project will further the initiative she began during her White House tenure, namely Be Best, which focused on physical and emotional well-being, and also advocates against cyberbullying and opioid abuse. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity, but there was no mention of the amount.
"I am proud to announce my new NFT endeavor, which embodies my passion for the arts, and will support my ongoing commitment to children through my Be Best initiative. Through this new technology-based initiative, we will provide children computer science skills, including programming and software development, to thrive after they age out of the foster care community", Trump wrote.
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"I'm confused by it. It's very random as a project and seems tone deaf to release online artwork of yourself for [$170]. The timing seems odd too - COVID and natural disasters are impacting the country, and many people are struggling financially", a former White House official who worked with Melania Trump told CNN, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Other acquaintances and associates, who too spoke on condition of anonymity, suggested Melania Trump is seeking attention and trying to promote the family's brand.
"To some degree she thinks she's an influencer. This is a way to stay relevant. If you think his fans love President Trump, they worship Melania. There is nothing she can do or say that they won't support", said one individual.
Incidentally, Melania Trump's decision to launch an NFT platform is at odds with the stance of her husband. Donald Trump has repeatedly criticised the use of cryptocurrencies, which he called a "scam against the dollar". However, it seems the world of digital currency has started growing on the ex-POTUS. After his wife launched the project he posted the following statement from his office.
"Congratulations to my wife, Melania. The launch of Melania's new NFT business epitomizes our American Spirit of ingenuity, creativity, and entrepreneurship. By leveraging blockchain technology, MelaniaTrump.com will provide Melania's fans, connoisseurs of the arts, and the public at large the ability to collect rare and limited edition pieces while benefiting children in the foster care community".