Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Melania Trump opens Africa tour with babies

After Donald Trump's derogatory comment, his wife Melania visits Africa Melania Trump opens Africa tour with wave and baby in arms
Ivan Hill | 04 October, 2018, 03:40

Melania Trump spent her second day in Ghana touring a former slave outpost and learning about some of the country's tragic past, as part of her first solo trip overseas as first lady.

"I will never forget (the) incredible experience and the stories I heard", she said.

In June, she made a surprise visit to Texas to visit detained children at the Mexican border, wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words "I really don't care".

President Trump denied sleeping with Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, in 2006, a year after getting married to Melania, and shortly after she gave birth to their son Barron.

She calls Wednesday's visit to Cape Coast Castle "very emotional" and "really something that people should see and experience". Mrs. Trump handed out teddy bears and blankets printed with her BE BEST message. The first lady laid a wreath and signed a guestbook at the castle, where she told reporters she wrote "thank you for your warm welcome".

The first lady was led around the facility by museum director Kwesi Essel-Blankson.

The US First Lady holds a baby during a visit to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra, on October 2, 2018.

Sarakasi crew in action
Sarakasi crew in action

"She's very friendly, easy-going and interactive", said Rabiu Fauziya, a 28-year-old paediatric nurse who helped show Trump the neonatal room in the hospital.

The ceremony took place in Obama Hall at the Emintsimadze Palace, which was renamed in Obama's honor after his visit in 2009.

Hey! Quick question. Remember that olive green parka that Melania Trump wore while visiting the detention camps in Texas where hundreds of immigrant children who had been separated from their parents at the border were being held? He then granted her permission to visit Cape Coast Castle.

A relaxed and smiling Melania Trump arrived in Accra from Washington on Tuesday to a red-carpet welcome of traditional dancing and flag-waving schoolchildren.

As the ceremony proceeded, the chief offered Trump a large tray full of kente cloths, handmade sandals and a handmade necklace and bracelet, which she stood to accept.

The first lady's office has said the tour will be a "diplomatic and humanitarian visit" that will focus on her #BeBest campaign for "children and their well-being".

She also said she will use the trip to find out how the United States can continue working together with Malawi to support a USAid programme that is focussed on children's education.

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