Michelle Obama has a message for President Donald Trump: If you want to undo the Obama administration's healthy eating agenda, get ready for a fight.
"We’ve got to make sure we don’t let anybody take us back," the former first lady said Friday at the annual Partnership for a Healthier America Summit, her first public appearance in Washington since leaving office.
"Every elected official on this planet should understand," Obama said, her voice rising with indignation as she urged moms to make their voices heard. "Don’t play with our children. Don’t do it."
Obama, who remains popular with the public, did not mention Trump by name but railed against the new administration's moves to roll back some of the nutrition policies she championed in the White House — from school meals to calorie labels. She left no doubt she will publicly rebuke any attempt to wipe out her work on childhood obesity.
"If we really want to make this country great, then our kids need to be healthy and they need to have access to the best," she said. "Not just some of them, but all of them."
Obama's comments came days after the Trump administration announced it will relax some of the school nutrition standards that are a central part of her Let's Move! campaign to combat childhood obesity. She discussed her work on children's health for nearly an hour during an onstage Q&A, where she was noticeably more relaxed and candid compared to speeches she delivered at the summit during her husband's presidency.
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