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A Kid Bullied For His Presidential Surname Has Been Invited To The State Of The Union

A young student apparently being bullied at school over his last name has been invited by the US President and First Lady to the State of the Union address. The kicker? The kid's last name is Trump.

Joshua Trump, a 6th-grade student from Wilmington, Delaware who appears to bear no relation to the wider Trump family, has been subject to bullying at school over his last name, according to the White House.

As a result, he's been invited to Congress to hear Donald Trump deliver the State of the Union address this week, alongside twelve other Americans with an "incredible story to tell".

Joshua "appreciates science, art, and history", according to his bio on the White House website.

"He also loves animals and hopes to pursue a related career in the future. His hero and best friend is his Uncle Cody, who serves in the United States Air Force.

"Unfortunately, Joshua has been bullied in school due to his last name. He is thankful to the First Lady and the Trump family for their support."

Joshua Trump has been bullied over his last name, according to the White House.

Bullying -- and cyberbullying in particular -- is a cause apparently close to Melania Trump's heart and is one of the focuses of her 'Be Best' campaign. However, inviting a victim of bullying would be a rare sign of action around the campaign, which has come under criticism given Melania's own husband's behaviour online.

It is not clear how Joshua's appearance at the State of the Union as a guest of the President and First Lady will help his bullying situation.

Others invited to the State of the Union include the family of a couple allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant, a young mum recovering from opioid addiction, and Alice Johnson, the former prisoner granted clemency by Trump mid last year.

The address -- delayed due to the government shutdown -- is scheduled for Wednesday 6 February.

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