UPDATE | First lady Melania Trump visits Huntington

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 7/8/19 @ 7:20 p.m.
First lady Melania Trump visited Huntington for the second time Tuesday.

FLOTUS Melania Trump visited Huntington, West Virginia for the second Monday since her husband became president.

The three-hour trip included an hour-long round table discussion with local and state leaders to discuss the ongoing opioid crisis and what the city has been doing to save lives.

Trump's Be Best campaign was mentioned several times during the discussion. It is an initiative that focuses "on some of the major issues facing children today, with the goal of encouraging children to BE BEST in their individual paths, while also teaching them the importance of social, emotional, and physical health."

The program is made up of three pillars, including bringing attention to opioid abuse, especially babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

When Trump visited Huntington in October 2017, she stopped by Lily's Place, an infant recovery center, treating babies born with NAS.

While talking in the roundtable, Trump heard about programs like the Quick Response Team which follows up with patients with 72 hours of an overdose and lets them know about treatment options.

Chad Napier with the Appalachian chapter of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program described their Handle with Care program, which works with schools to tell them if a student has been through a trauma at home such as parents being arrested or overdosing.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams told Trump he was hopeful she would leave the meeting seeing that Huntington is not the epicenter of the problem like many think, but that it is the epicenter of the solution.

"I see you are an example here of what can be done, and all across the country," Trump said. "This is the state that has a big problem, but we are making big progress and I hope people across the state and other areas look at here and see the example of what can be done."

After the roundtable, Trump was part of a smaller discussion with Fire Chief Jan Rader, Lily's Place executive director Rebecca Crowder, and a mother whose child was treated at Lily's Place earlier this year.

"They're putting the spotlight on the fact that we are actually doing things to change our situation here," Chief Rader said.

Before leaving, Trump's motorcade stopped at Ritter Park where she toured the display of 453 American flags that represent the number of children who are in foster care in Cabell County.

The first lady later tweeted about her experience. Look below to see it.



UPDATE 7/8/19 @ 2:32 p.m.
First lady of the United States Melania Trump is on her way back home after her second visit to Huntington, West Virginia.

After about three hours in Huntington, the first lady boarded her flight back to Washington D.C. at about 2 p.m. Monday.

She arrived just after 11 a.m. at that the Huntington Tri-State Airport. Local leaders were there to greet her including Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial and Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader.

WSAZ's Chad Hedrick traveled with the motorcade during the visit.

From the airport, the first lady traveled to the Cabell-Huntington Health Department for a roundtable discussion about community efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Many local, state, and even federal officials attended, including U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan. You can find a full list of attendees in our previous article updates below.

After the roundtable, Trump met behind closed doors with different people impacted by the opioid crisis. One of those people was Megan Pawley, a mom in recovery who had a baby born addicted to drugs.

Rebecca Crowder, executive director of Lily's Place in Huntington, also attended the private meeting. Lily's Place is an infant recovery center, treating babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. The first lady visited the center in October 2017.

Following the closed-door meeting (that you can read more about in our previous story updates), Trump stopped by Ritter Park to see a display of American flags.

UPDATE 7/8/19 @ 1:52 p.m.
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump stopped at Ritter Park during her visit to Huntington, West Virginia.

The first lady arrived at the Huntington Tri-State Airport just after 11 a.m. Monday. From there, she attended a roundtable discussion and a separate closed-door meeting about the opioid epidemic at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department.

After visiting with state and local leaders at the health department, the motorcade took Trump to Ritter Park to see a display of American flags. Greeted by Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District (GHPRD) Executive Director Kevin Brady and Recreation Superintendent Lauren Carte, the first lady observed the 453 flags that symbolize the number of children in Huntington in need of a foster family.

UPDATE 7/8/19 @ 1:17 p.m.
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump participated in a closed-door meeting about the drug epidemic following a roundtable at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department.

WSAZ's Chad Hedrick is traveling with the motorcade and says Trump is visiting privately with Rebecca Crowder, executive director of Lily's Place in Huntington, Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader, Recovery Coach Alicia Bowman, Amy Berner from the First Responders Wellness Program, and Megan Pawley, a mom in recovery who had a baby born addicted to drugs.

Lily's Place is an infant recovery center, treating babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. The first lady visited the center in October 2017.

Before the private meeting, Trump had a roundtable discussion with many state and local leaders at the health department. Read about who was in attendance in our previous article update.

This is the first lady's second visit to Huntington.

UPDATE 7/8/19 @ 12:08 p.m.
The first lady of the United States is meeting with state and city leaders at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department.

First Lady Melania Trump is in Huntington, West Virginia Monday for a roundtable discussion about the opioid epidemic.

Officials at the roundtable event include U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Prevention and Education Coordinator for Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Chad Napier, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), U.S. Rep. Carol Miller (R-W.Va.), Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial, Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader, Cabell County EMS Director Gordon Merry, Cabell-Huntington Health Department Director of Health and Wellness Elizabeth Adkins, Cabell County’s Quick Response Team (QRT) Coordinator Connie Priddy, Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner of Public Health Catherine Slemp, West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy, West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center Deputy Director Steven Patterson, and West Virginia Center for Threat Prevention Lead Donnie Haynes. Cabell-Huntington Health Department Administrator Tim Hazelett also greeted the first lady.

UPDATE 7/8/19 @ 11:36 a.m.
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump has arrived at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department for a roundtable discussion about the opioid epidemic.

We have a reporter traveling with the motorcade.

We're told several state leaders will be at the event Monday including West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), U.S. Rep. Carol Miller (R-W.Va.), and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams.

After that event, which is expected to last about an hour, there will be a closed-door meeting. Among those who will meet with Trump privately is a mom whose baby was born addicted to drugs.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

UPDATE 7/8/19 @ 11:10 a.m.
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump landed in Huntington, West Virginia just after 11 a.m. Monday. We have a reporter traveling with the motorcade.

Trump landed at the Huntington Tri-State Airport. Local leaders were there to greet her including Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial and Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader.

She is expected to visit the Cabell-Huntington Health Department for a roundtable discussion about the opioid epidemic.

We're told several state leaders will be at the event including West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), U.S. Rep. Carol Miller (R-W.Va.), and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams.

After that event, which is expected to last about an hour, there will be a closed-door meeting. Among those who will meet with Trump privately is a mom whose baby was born addicted to drugs.

The first lady previously visited Huntington in October 2017 and toured Lily's Place, the infant recovery center treating babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

ORIGINAL STORY 7/8/19
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump will visit Huntington, West Virginia for the second time Monday.

White House officials confirmed the trip to WSAZ. We have a reporter traveling with the motorcade.

Trump will land at the Huntington Tri-State Airport Monday morning. Local leaders are there to greet her including Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial and Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader.

She is expected to visit the Cabell-Huntington Health Department for a roundtable discussion about the opioid epidemic.

We're told several state leaders will be at the event including West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), U.S. Rep. Carol Miller (R-W.Va.), and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams.

After that event, which is expected to last about an hour, there will be a closed-door meeting. Among those who will meet with Trump privately is a mom whose baby was born addicted to drugs.

The first lady previously visited Huntington in October 2017 and toured Lily's Place, the infant recovery center treating babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.








First Lady of the United States Melania Trump attended a roundtable discussion about the opioid epidemic at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department July 8, 2019.
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump visits Ritter Park where several hundred American flags are displayed to represent children in foster care in Huntington.


 
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