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As stated in the description for Thorn Whip, the caster makes a "melee spell attack" against the target.

You create a long, vine-like whip covered in thorns that lashes out at your command toward a creature in range. Make a melee spell attack against the target. (PHB, pg 282)

Given that the Mobile Feat only requires a melee attack to be made to avoid provoking attacks of opportunity, without specifying the type of melee, would that cantrip fulfill the trigger for mobile?

When you make a melee attack against a creature, you don’t provoke opportunity attacks from that creature for the rest of the turn, whether you hit or not. (PHB, pg 168)

Short version: Is a spell melee attack capable of being treated as a plain melee attack?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ @Arcemius There is no utility in repeating what an existing answer says in a comment. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Jul 10 '17 at 6:24
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Yes.

Besides seeming obvious, Jeremy Crawford also answered a question about this in regard to Cleric's Touch of Death.

A melee spell attack is, indeed, a melee attack

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