US First Lady Melania Trump has made a heartfelt plea for racial unity in a live speech from the White House to the Republican party’s convention.
“Stop the violence and looting,” she said as protests continue over a police shooting in Wisconsin.
Mrs Trump urged Americans to stop making assumptions based on race and to think critically about US history, reports BBC.
President Donald Trump currently trails Democratic challenger Joe Biden in opinion polls for November’s election.
Mr Trump, a Republican, will address the convention’s final night on Thursday.
What did US First Lady say?
The normally limelight-shunning Mrs Trump took centre stage at the Republican convention as she made the case for her husband’s underdog re-election bid.
The US first lady delivered Tuesday evening’s keynote address before a small audience, including her husband, in the Rose Garden of the White House.
“Like all of you, I have reflected on the racial unrest in our country,” she said.
“It is a harsh reality that we are not proud of parts of our history. I encourage you to focus on the future while still learning from the past.”
She added: “I urge people to come together in a civil manner so we can work and live up to our standard American ideals.
“I also ask people to stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice, and never make assumptions based on the colour of a person’s skin.”
Tuesday’s convention schedule began with a prayer for Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old black man who was shot multiple times in the back by police in Wisconsin on Sunday.
Mr Trump tweeted a call for the Midwestern state’s governor to call in the National Guard as unrest continues following the shooting.
Mrs Trump also expressed compassion for Americans worried about the coronavirus outbreak.
“I know many people are anxious,” she said. “Some feel helpless. I want you to know you’re not alone.”
What did she say about president?
In her speech, Mrs Trump praised her husband as a someone who “makes no secrets about how he feels about things”.
“Total honesty is what we as citizens deserve from our president. Whether you like it or not you always know what he’s thinking.”
She said she and her husband were inspired by American working families, whom she praised as “the backbone of this country”.
“No matter the amount of negative or false media headlines or attacks from the other side, Donald Trump has not and will not lose focus on you.He loves this country and he knows how to get things done. As you have learned over the last five years he is not a traditional politician,” she added.
CNN quoted her saying President Donald Trump is an authentic person.
Her decision to speak from the seat of presidential power has angered Democrats, who say the chosen venue is an inappropriate use of government resources.
Over the weekend, Mrs Trump unveiled renovations to the Rose Garden, which included the relocation of about a dozen crabapple trees that were planted by former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.
On social media, some wrongly claimed historic rose bushes and trees had been removed, angrily attacking the Slovenian born first lady as a “foreigner”.
The Trump administration says the three-week project was paid for by private donors and have not disclosed the total cost.