Melania Trump leaves President Donald Trump for solo trip to Africa

Oct 04, 2018, 01:29
Melania Trump leaves President Donald Trump for solo trip to Africa

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".

Trump's visit to Ghana has inevitably drawn comparisons to that of former president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle in 2009.

She called the castle "a special place".

"Issues to do with the welfare of children will take centre stage since the two first ladies have similar interests and passion for children", said Juma.

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Trump also spent about 10 minutes inside the dungeons where slaves were held before walking through the "Door of No Return" to be taken across the Atlantic Ocean.

The first lady also had a private tea with her Ghanaian counterpart, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

Mrs. Trump says she expects the visit to be "very emotional". "I will never forget the incredible experience and the stories that I heard from the gentleman. what happened so many years ago, it's really a tragedy". The two first met last week in NY at a reception on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, where Mrs. Trump spoke about her upcoming trip.

The former model, whose choice of clothing is keenly watched, changed from a safari-inspired departure outfit of suede trench coat and leopard print heels to a red and white striped dress with white pumps by the time she arrived in West Africa.The 48-year-old is promoting her Be Best initiative, her official agenda unveiled in May created to improve children's well-being.

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Trump also cradled an infant and declared the baby a "beautiful boy" as she handed him back to his mother.

Melania Trump left the sanctuary of the East Wing of the White House for a continent her husband once reportedly said contained "shithole" countries, making her visit as much about mending fences as carving her own diplomatic path.

Mrs Trump receives flowers during an arrival ceremony after landing at Kotoka International Airport in Accra October 2, 2018.

They exchanged gifts: a Chippendale silver tray embossed with an image of the White House inside a leather case signed by "First Lady Melania Trump" for Akufo-Addo, and Kente cloth and artifacts for Trump, according to Grisham.

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She toured an infant clinic in Accra and met with Ghana's first lady at the presidential palace after she arrived Tuesday.

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