Africans love US Great First Lady

07 October, 2018, 22:09 | Author: Myra Gill
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Her first-ever visit to Africa is also her first extended solo global trip as first lady in what some see as "fence-mending".

Melania Trump spent Thursday in southern Africa promoting the work of a United States global development agency whose funding President Donald Trump has twice proposed slashing by almost a third. She will hold a brief meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

Llamas, who is weekend anchor of "World News Tonight", is among the reporters following the first lady on her first solo overseas trip.

After the talks, Melania is scheduled to watch a performance by Sarakasi dancers at the Kenya National Theater.

Melania read a story to the same group of children with applauses as another child read a story about the "lion and the mouse".

She was feeding the animals and gave a baby elephant a bottled formula.

"Meeting those children and understanding their different way of life is why I wanted to travel here", she said after the school visit, speaking to USA embassy workers.

She also went to Ghana's Obama Hall, named after President Barack Obama after his visit to Africa in 2009.


During the Friday trip the first lady laughed after one of the baby elephants made a sudden move and she momentarily lost her footing.

The First Lady's visit comes during a tumultuous time in Washington when the Trump administration is dealing with sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick.

"She's shining a light on some of the great things the U.S.is doing in Malawi and Africa". She also saw a site where 105 tons of ivory was burned as part of an effort to discourage the trade.

The US First Lady is now in Malawi on a tour focusing on promotion children's welfare.

The US First Lady then visited Chipala Primary in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe.

The visit is an implementation of Melania Trump's "Be Best" campaign that was launched in the early year of 2018 where it focuses on child welfare.

Mrs Trump is the founder and promoter of the "Be Best" initiative created to improve the welfare of children.

"When people think of Africa, they have these standard narratives", Kim Yi Dionne, a political science professor who specializes in African politics at the University of California, Riverside, told the Times. "It is a lovely thing to see", the president said.

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