A CNN Correspondent described Melania Trump as “stiff” but stated that it was not meant as a criticism of the first lady.
Michelle Kosinski on CNN Wednesday discussed Trump’s appearance at the International Women of Courage award ceremony at the State Department last week, leveling some jabs at how “uncomfortable” the first lady seemed in the setting.
The network’s senior diplomatic correspondent noted that Trump didn’t appear at a luncheon following the ceremony, which honored 13 women from different nations who demonstrated courage and leadership.
“So the entire conversation in that room was about Melania Trump’s appearance,you know, and how uncomfortable she seemed,” Kosinski told CNN host Brooke Baldwin.
“It was very stiff. She was obviously reading with some difficulty — which you know is not her fault — from the teleprompter, but, you know, an extremely controlled, extremely scripted appearance,” Kosinski said, describing Trump’s speech to the attendees.
“It was a hugely emotional ceremony, but she was still kind of stiff throughout,” she added before qualifying her comments.
“You know, that’s not a criticism,” Kosinski said. “It’s just that she’s obviously uncomfortable in these situations.”
Trying to dismiss her criticism led to social media backlash for Kosinski:
— Rodger L Nelson (@rln_nelson) April 6, 2017
— Laurel Catherine (@LaurelCatherine) April 6, 2017
@DailyCaller I am sure melania is careful as she knows she will be criticized 4 anything she does. someone should tell host she has resting bitch face😮
— Virginia Wolfe (@Virgini82855531) April 6, 2017
@DailyCaller Not to criticize Women but… women can be vicious to other women. Not to repeat myself but that wasnt a criticism… or repetitious.
— Strizzy (@AZStJohn1) April 6, 2017
@DailyCaller Are you comfortable not reporting on the news but just burning air time to criticize the First Lady?
Oh yeah, CNN.
It's what they do
— Slip Stream News (@GaryZPon) April 6, 2017