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 June 30, 2023

Melania Trump introduces new round of patriotic-themed NFTs

Former first lady Melania Trump made headlines last week after debuting her latest NFT project. 

According to Breitbart, ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, the former first lady announced a new round of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that are part of her "1776 Collection."

NFTs are essentially unique digital pieces of art that can be collected, sold, and traded.

Melania Trump has introduced several previous rounds of various-themed NFT's, but her latest collection centers on famous historical landmarks, and was designed to acknowledge  "foundations of American ideals."

"The 1776 Collection of artwork draws inspiration from several iconic landmarks of our nation, which I had the privilege of visiting during the time I served as first lady," she told Fox News Digital. "Each piece provides a view into our nation’s history, culture and patriotism."

She added: "I am proud to celebrate our great nation and remain inspired by the words contained within the Declaration of Independence."

Part of the proceeds of the NFT sales, which cost $50 each, will reportedly go to Fostering the Future, a Be Best initiative that aims to secure opportunities for children in the foster care system, an initiative near and dear to Melania Trump's heart.

Fox News noted:

Her Fostering the Future is aimed at granting computer science scholarships to children aging out of the foster care system and giving them the academic foundation needed to secure technology-based jobs so that they can become independent and contributing members of society.

She told the outlet last month that she's focusing on the initiative more since leaving the White House. She also vowed to continue her work should she wind up in the White House again after the 2024 election.

Fox News added:

Mrs. Trump told Fox News Digital if she has the privilege to serve as first lady again in 2024, she would continue to prioritize initiatives focused on the well-being and development of children to ensure they have the "support and resources they need to reach their full potential."

Melania Trump's NFT sales has drawn mixed reactions across social media, with some praising her and some suggesting that it's not a worthy cause and nothing more than a money grab.

"What percentage of the money actually goes to kids v. lining her own pockets?" one Twitter user wrote.

Another Twitter user added: "I don't support NFTs, but I'm glad she's supporting foster children."

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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