Melania Trump's Cyberbullying Campaign Is One Long Subtweet Against Donald Trump

First lady Melania Trump may have taken a jab at her husband, President Donald Trump, in a speech on cyberbullying Monday. The week prior, Donald Trump tweeted that former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman is a "dog."

Melania Trump said that social media is an inevitable part of children's everyday lives and "it can be used in many positive ways, but it can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly."

"This is why 'Be Best' chooses to focus on the importance of teaching our next generation how to conduct themselves safely and in a positive manner in an online setting," the first lady said about her campaign aimed at helping children at a summit in Rockville, Maryland.

"Let's face it—most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults," she continued. "But we still need to do all we can to provide them with information and tools for successful and safe online habits."

Shortly after the first lady's speech, CNN anchor Poppy Harlow brought up the president's habit of bashing not only Manigault Newman but numerous of his opponents on Twitter.

"The elephant in the room, of course, is the cyberbullying that her husband, the president, engages in on a daily basis," Harlow said. "She has said before, you know when she said in March, I know people are skeptical about me talking about this issue but that's not going to stop me, and it hasn't."

CNN contributor Kate Andersen Brower, who authored the book First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies, said it was particularly telling that Melania Trump said children are better aware of the positive and negative aspects of social media than "some adults."

"You could think of it as a veiled message to her husband, right?" Brower said. "And she has asked him to tone down his tweeting, to maybe consider stop tweeting so often, but it's been clear that President Donald Trump will do whatever he wants no matter what his wife may suggest."

"You just have to wonder what she's thinking through all this," Brower continued, "Because it's obviously a message she is committed to delivering even though she knows that there are charges of hypocrisy."

The President reportedly discouraged his wife from choosing a campaign tackling cyberbullying.

But Melania Trump "is staying true to the independent woman that she is by doing things her own way," her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told The New York Times in an email. "This should be celebrated, not criticized. Her priorities remain her family, her personal health and her role as first lady."

Grisham on Twitter Monday denied speculations the first lady's remarks may have been subtweets against her husband.

"Rather than dissecting her remarks, let's focus on the countless children who struggle [with] bullying & online safety each day," Grisham tweeted in response to Brower.

Rather than dissecting her remarks, let’s focus on the countless children who struggle w bullying & online safety each day.

— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) August 20, 2018

"It's a sincere campaign meant to help children [with] the many issues they face today," Grisham tweeted in response to CNN reporter Chris Cillizza, who wrote he couldn't decide if the first lady's cyberbullying campaign "is just a massive troll on her husband or if she is truly unaware of all of the context here."

It’s a sincere campaign meant to help children w the many issues they face today.

— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) August 20, 2018

This story has been updated with tweets from Melania Trump's spokeswoman on Monday.