UPDATE | First Lady Melania Trump visits Huntington

First Lady of the United States Melania Trump visits Ritter Park where several hundred American flags are displayed to represent children in foster care in Huntington. (SOURCE: WSAZ)
By  | 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ)-- UPDATE 7/8/19 @ 2:32 p.m.
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump is on her way back home after her second visit to Huntington, West Virginia.

After about three hours in Huntington, the first lady boarded her flight back to Washington D.C. at about 2 p.m. Monday.

She arrived just after 11 a.m. at that the Huntington Tri-State Airport. Local leaders were there to greet her including Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial and Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader.

WSAZ's Chad Hedrick traveled with the motorcade during the visit.

From the airport, the first lady traveled to the Cabell-Huntington Health Department for a roundtable discussion about community efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Many local, state, and even federal officials attended, including U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan. You can find a full list of attendees in our previous article updates below.

After the roundtable, Trump met behind closed doors with different people impacted by the opioid crisis. One of those people was Megan Pawley, a mom in recovery who had a baby born addicted to drugs

Rebecca Crowder, executive director of Lily's Place in Huntington, also attended the private meeting. Lily's Place is an infant recovery center, treating babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. The first lady visited the center in October 2017.

Following the closed-door meeting (that you can read more about in our previous story updates), Trump stopped by Ritter Park to see a display of American flags.

UPDATE 7/8/19 @ 1:52 p.m.
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump stopped at Ritter Park during her visit to Huntington, West Virginia.

The first lady arrived at the Huntington Tri-State Airport just after 11 a.m. Monday. From there, she attended a roundtable discussion and a separate closed-door meeting about the opioid epidemic at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department.

After visiting with state and local leaders at the health department, the motorcade took Trump to Ritter Park to see a display of American flags. Greeted by Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District (GHPRD) Executive Director Kevin Brady and Recreation Superintendent Lauren Carte, the first lady observed the 453 flags that symbolize the number of children in Huntington in need of a foster family

UPDATE 7/8/19 @ 11:36 a.m.
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump has arrived at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department for a roundtable discussion about the opioid epidemic.

WSAZ has a reporter traveling with the motorcade.

WSAZ was told several state leaders will be at the event Monday including West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), U.S. Rep. Carol Miller (R-W.Va.), and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams.

After that event, which is expected to last about an hour, there will be a closed-door meeting. Among those who will meet with Trump privately is a mom whose baby was born addicted to drugs.

UPDATE 7/8/19 @ 11:10 a.m.
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump landed in Huntington, West Virginia just after 11 a.m. Monday. WSAZ has a reporter traveling with the motorcade.

Trump landed at the Huntington Tri-State Airport. Local leaders were there to greet her including Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial and Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader.

She is expected to visit the Cabell-Huntington Health Department for a roundtable discussion about the opioid epidemic.

WSAZ was told several state leaders will be at the event including West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), U.S. Rep. Carol Miller (R-W.Va.), and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams.

After that event, which is expected to last about an hour, there will be a closed-door meeting. Among those who will meet with Trump privately is a mom whose baby was born addicted to drugs.

The first lady previously visited Huntington in October 2017 and toured Lily's Place, the infant recovery center, treating babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.



ORGINAL STORY
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump will visit Huntington, West Virginia for the second time Monday.

White House officials confirmed the trip to our sister station, WSAZ. WSAZ has a reporter traveling with the motorcade.

Trump will land at the Huntington Tri-State Airport Monday morning. Local leaders are there to greet her including Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial and Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader.

She is expected to visit the Cabell-Huntington Health Department for a roundtable discussion about the opioid epidemic.

WSAZ was told several state leaders will be at the event including West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), U.S. Rep. Carol Miller (R-W.Va.), and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams.

After that event, which is expected to last about an hour, there will be a closed-door meeting. Among those who will meet with Trump privately is a mom whose baby was born addicted to drugs.

The first lady previously visited Huntington in October 2017 and toured Lily's Place, the infant recovery center, treating babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.