First lady Melania Trump defends husband's Twitter attack on MSNBC hosts

Melania Trump defended her husband, President Donald Trump, on Thursday morning after he tweeted a personal attack aimed at MSNBC morning hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

The first lady's communications director told reporters, "As the First Lady has stated publicly...when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder."

The president took to Twitter Thursday morning to hit the MSNBC talent, directly criticizing Brzezinski for "bleeding badly from a face-lift."

Many took to twitter to weigh in on the first lady's response, with many, including NBC New's Katy Tur, pointing out that the first lady appeared to be condoning cyberbullying -- the opposite of the planned anti-bullying initiative Melania Trump was expected to lead.

Melania Trump pledged in 2016 that she would head a campaign against cyberbullying as the first lady. However, her office has yet to materialize a clear plan or strategy.

RELATED: Everyone has a hot take on Trump's tweets today:

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Pundits, politicians sound off on Trump's 'Mika' tweet
Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America.
I do not think making fun of a woman's looks is acceptable. I get it every day of my life. I think that tweet is cruel - and unpresidential
The Insulter-in-Chief sinks to new lows -- and that's saying a lot. SAD and UNPRESIDENTIAL. https://t.co/xJxqseaGLl
Nobody could have foreseen that the 71 year old POTUS who's acted one way his entire life, and during campaign, would act that way as POTUS
Please just stop. This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office.
Here is a list of all the important policy priorities Trump advanced today by attacking Mika Brzezinski's bleeding face-lift:
FLOTUS Spox defends Trump tweet: "As [FLOTUS] stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked he punches back 10 times harder."
Sarah Huckabee Sanders on President's tweet this morning: "This is a President who fights fire with fire"
This is not okay. As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women. https://t.co/sV6WDE0EUD
Good time to remind you that @MorningMika is smart as hell, stronger than any critic, & a role model for what we hope our daughters can be.
I guess it's coincidence that Trump's attacks on women always involve low intelligence, hysteria and blood.
@Rosie, @megynkelly, @CarlyFiorina, @morningmika, flat-chested women, Alicia Machado...long list of women Trump's attacked. He's disgusting.
MESSAGE DISCIPLINE! Today ALL comms coming out of WH shd be focused on #KatesLaw and #NoSanctuaryforCriminalsAct -- not cable TV hosts.
Shelley Moore Capito, a key GOP swing vote on health care, calls Trump's tweets about Mika "distasteful"
McCain on Trump tweets: "We've got all these issues and challenges in front of us and instead we're talking morning talk show hosts."
@BenSasse Do more than say please. He's not going to stop. He's 71, has the morals and management style of a mob bo… https://t.co/z1QQ9udUeT
.@SenatorLankford: "The President’s tweets today don't help our political or national discourse and do not provide a positive role model"
Paul Ryan on Trump's morning tweets: "Obviously, I don't see that as an appropriate comment." "https://t.co/9MvsyxZPzJ
The irony: @Morning_Joe — already a hot watch in the trump era — will get even bigger after this!
Quick reaction from 2 GOP Hill staffers to Trump attack on Mika: How does this help pass health care when he needs Murkowski and Collins?
Mika's tweet, by the way, has surpassed the president's in twitter popularity. https://t.co/gKbwl19St6
GOP Rep. Tom Reed on Trump's Mika Brzezinski tweets: "Maybe the intent is to distract from the health care debate" https://t.co/ggwGccYUum
Trump's tweet on Mika isn't just lashing out. He has long made a practice of humiliating women in public. Did it to Michelle Fields too.
We are competitors, but Joe and Mika deserve respect. Mister President this attack is beneath the dignity of your o… https://t.co/tDWFiOSg7C
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CNN's Jake Tapper directly questioned, "How is @FLOTUS's campaign against cyber-bullying going?"

Her press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, told USA Today in May that her anti-cyber bullying effort is still in the works.

"Mrs. Trump is being very thoughtful when it comes to building out her initiatives," Grisham told the publication. Adding that the first lady is taking her time hiring because she values "quality over quantity."

In a statement to Politico in June, Grisham noted that while cyberbullying is a topic the first lady talks about, it is just a piece of what she will really "focus" on.

"While cyber-bullying is something she speaks out against, that is but one subset of her focus around the overall wellness of children," Grisham said

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