White House Correspondent April Ryan Says Melania Trump is 'Not Culturally American'

April Ryan, a journalist who serves as a correspondent to the White House for American Urban Radio Networks, made a comment on a CNN discussion panel that has gotten some backlash.

Ryan noted that First Lady Melania Trump is 'not culturally American'. Conservatives complain that Ryan's remarks fly in the face of the liberal argument that America is a melting pot.

Ryan was discussing Mrs. Trump's new 'Be Best' initiative. The FLOTUS announced the new initiative on Monday, which she says will focus on promoting the social and emotional well-being of children. Specifically, the initiative will address the opioid addiction epidemic sweeping the country and cyberbullying on social media.

"We can and should teach social and self-awareness, positive relationship skills and responsible decision making," the first lady said in the Rose Garden during her announcement. "Let us teach our children the difference between right and wrong and encourage them to Be Best in their individual paths in life."

Speaking on the initiative, Ryan said, “This is a first lady who is not culturally American, but she is learning the ways."

“These are not just American issues,” she continued. “Cyberbullying is an international issue. Social media is international and also the opioid addiction issue. So, it’s not just here, but it’s abroad as well. And we’ll see if she takes that message abroad.”

On social media, comments came pouring in. “Perhaps Ms @AprilDRyan can explain what ‘Culturally American’ is since I thought we were a melting pot of cultures,” said one Twitter user.

“The first lady was born in Slovenia but has been an American citizen since 2006 and has lived in the country since 1996," Fox News reported.

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck challenged Ryan by saying, “April Ryan -I know when some said that Obama wasn’t fully ‘culturally American’ reporters cried racism. Now that you, a reporter, are saying the same, can they cry racism? Or do you just hate foreigners? Wow, this is easy, I see why the left likes it."

The comments about Obama were brought up based on the ex-president spending a large portion of his formative youth in schools in the Middle East.

Curtis Houck, a managing editor of NewsBusters, told Fox News, "Ryan showing that she's anything but a journalist."

He explains that Ryan's comments and questions reveal her to be more of a liberal advocate than an objective journalist.

Ryan has caused controversy before, such as when she asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders if the Trump administration thinks 'slavery is wrong' with a straight face. Sanders refused to dignify the question with a response, which Ryan took as some sort of 'gotcha'.

Amid the controversy over Melania, Ryan defended herself on Twitter. “Culture is not race! If I move to France now and live for 30 years in Paris, I am not culturally French. I am Culturally American,” she tweeted. “Culture is norms, behavior and social construct.”

Her new remarks didn't go over very well either, considering the Democratic Party has been pushing the platform that all immigrants are American, even the illegal ones.

"So, legal immigrants will never be American in culture?" a person responded. "These citizens chose American ideals over their home country in a legal fashion. So, why are Democrats insisting on amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens when they are never going to be American in culture?"

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