US First Lady Melania Trump wraps up solo African tour in Egypt

Clay Curtis
October 6, 2018

US first lady Melania Trump went on a short safari on Friday in Kenya, the third country on her almost week-long Africa tour.

NAIROBI, Kenya - Melania Trump briefly lost her footing when a baby elephant startled her with a sudden move, but the first lady was anything but out of step when children at an orphanage welcomed her to their home with African song and dance.

The first lady was similarly immersed in the moment earlier at Nairobi National Park, where she had gone early Friday to highlight elephant conservation.

"Melania Trump went on a safari in Kenya wearing a pith helmet - a symbol of European colonial rule across Africa", another person tweeted. She also visited Ghana and Malawi.

Matt Carotenuto, a historian who coordinates St Lawrence University's African Studies programme, told CNN that Melania's choice of the hat was like her showing up to "an Alabama cotton farm in a confederate uniform".

Asked about her husband's previous derogatory comments about African nations, Mrs. Trump said she didn't hear the president make the remarks and that none of her hosts during the trip brought up the topic.

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Mrs Trump and Mrs Kenyatta's talks centred on the welfare of mothers and children and conversation, in line with their Be Best and Beyond Zero campaigns, respectively.

She was shown a pile of ashes, after the park burnt 105 tonnes of ivory to dissuade people from the trade.

On Thursday, her husband tweeted: "Our country´s great First Lady, Melania, is doing really well in Africa".

This is not the first time Trump has come under fire for her outfit.

Washington has been gripped by high drama and emotion for days, from the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford - who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault - to protests against his nomination.

Trump departs for Egypt on Saturday morning before returning to the United States.

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