Melania Trump Raises Eyebrows in Africa With Another White Hat

Melania Trump arrives in Malawi, 2nd stop on her Africa tour

Melania Trump arrives in Malawi, 2nd stop on her Africa tour

The plane carrying the US First Lady, who is on the third leg of her first solo visit to four African countries, touched down shortly before 9pm Nairobi time.

Flying from Ghana, Trump arrived at Kamuzu International Airport on October 4 where she was greeted by Gertrude Maseko, the first lady of Malawi, in a ceremony that featured drummers, dancers, and students waving the flags of both countries.

Melania Trump was all smiles as she cuddled with a child during the first day of her African visit. The soccer balls, along with tote bags donated for the teachers, sported the logo of "Be Best", the child well-being initiative Mrs. Trump launched this year.

Mrs Trump arrived in Kenya on Thursday evening.

"She loves meeting people, learning new things, and being around kids", Grisham said.

"I also wanted to be sure to personally thank each of you for the work that you do here at the embassy in Malawi", she added.

Their talks focused on matters of health especially the welfare of mothers and children, and conservation, State House said.

It didn't take long for the typically reserved US first lady to dive fully into the moment.

Observers in Africa said Melania Trump could use her glamour to greater effect - more so than any visits she might make to hospitals and babies in need. As CNN reporter Kate Bennett tweeted, a small group of protesters - who may or may not have been Americans living near the USA embassy - held up signs with #MeToo-inspired slogans as Trump drove past.

In its first two budget proposals, the administration sought to slash funding for the State Department and USAID by roughly 30%.

The first lady then ducked inside to observe an English classroom with 186 children in attendance. "I know she's moved by what the United States is doing in Malawi", U.S. Ambassador Virginia Palmer told reporters.

Otherwise, he said, "She'll get some nice photos and it won't do anything to move the needle on USA interests on the continent".

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