U.S. first lady Melania Trump is in Ghana at the start of a tour of Africa, her first major solo international trip since her husband became president
U.S. first lady Melania Trump is in Ghana at the start of a tour of Africa, her first major solo international trip since her husband became president. She landed in Ghana on Tuesday morning and visited the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, where she saw babies being weighed and passed out blankets and teddy bears donated by the White House. She later went to the presidential palace for a private tea with Ghana’s first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
The White House says her trip which will also take her to Malawi, Kenya and Egypt will focus on maternal and newborn care in hospitals, education for children, the deep culture and history woven into each African country, and how the United States is supporting each country on its journey to self-reliance. Child welfare has been the focus of Mrs. Trump’s “Be Best” campaign launched earlier this year.
Her five-day trip could be complicated by the actions and words of her husband, Donald Trump who has referred to Africa in vulgar terms.
Melania Trump is following in the footsteps of other first ladies who have visited the African continent. Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama traveled to the continent multiple times.