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Tierney McAfee
February 14, 2018 04:02 PM

February 14 is known as a day for lovers. But on Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, First Lady Melania Trump was delighted to share the day with some young patients at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

The first lady tweeted her excitement ahead of the visit, writing, “Looking forward to a very sweet afternoon visiting @theChildrensInn & celebrating Valentine’s Day with some kids at @NIH! #HappyValentinesDay.”

According to a press release from the first lady’s office, Mrs. Trump spent the afternoon decorating cookies and making valentines cards with around two dozen children currently patients at NIH and a few of their family members.

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A live stream of the visit showed Mrs. Trump admiring the children’s handiwork and handing out valentines of her own.

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The first lady also spent time just chatting with the children, including Amber Negrete, 8, of California, who has giant axonal neuropathy, a rare genetic disorder.

According to a pool report quoting Stephanie Grisham, the director of communications for the first lady, Amber asked Mrs. Trump what she likes best about being first lady. “Meeting children like you,” the first lady replied.

The visit comes one week after Mrs. Trump spent time with sick children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, bringing them valentines and coloring books. 

It’s unknown whether Mrs. Trump has Valentine’s plans later with her husband, President Donald Trump. The holiday comes one day after the president’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, revealed that he made a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006. 

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Cohen, who worked as a counsel to the Trump Organization for more than a decade, claims he paid Daniels out of his own pocket and has not been compensated by the president, who has denied having an affair with Daniels.

Mrs. Trump has not personally commented on the allegations but her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham recently lashed out at the “laundry list of salacious & flat-out false reporting” about Mrs. Trump as the alleged affair made headlines.

“She is focused on her family & role as FLOTUS – not the unrealistic scenarios being peddled daily by the fake news,” Grisham’s tweet added.

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