‘Proud of Our Great First Lady’: Melania Trump Starts Solo Tour of Africa With First Stop in Ghana

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First stop — Ghana.

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U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrived in Ghana on Tuesday as the first stop of her tour of Africa.

Visiting the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, the first lady handed out teddy bears to the children.

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Trump then visited with Ghana’s first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, as they had a private tea at the presidential palace.

Plans for the trip

This is the first stop for Trump’s five-day trip, where she will also make stops in Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt.

This trip will be Trump’s first extended period promoting her “Be Best” campaign, started earlier this year, which is focused on child welfare.

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Will there be complications?

The Africa program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Judd Devermont, said, that Trump may have “some heavy lifting to do on this trip and it’s a little bit unfair because that’s not what a first lady’s trip should be about,” according to Voice of America News.

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This follows as President Donald Trump was accused of previously using “hate-filled, vile and racist” words toward immigrants from African countries, The Telegraph reported.

However, a senior Africa policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, Joshua Meservey said that President Trump’s words won’t affect Trump’s visit, according to VOA News.

“I think the U.S.-Africa relationship is much bigger than the president’s comments, and it’s been going on for decades and decades. Frankly, I suspect the vast majority of average Africans have not heard of any of those dust-ups. It’s very much an elite preoccupation.”

President Trump praised his wife

“Proud of our great First Lady – and she loves doing this!” President Trump tweeted with an image of the first lady at the hospital in Ghana.

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“She had always envisioned that Africa would be her first solo trip,” her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said, The Telegraph reported. “She is interested in Africa because she has never been before and knows that each country will have its own unique history and culture.”

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  1. She is so lovely and gracious…so happy she is doing this Solo tour…as all eyes will be on her…she will have such an impact on Africa….

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