Melania Trump to highlight conservation at Kenyan national park

Saul Bowman
October 8, 2018

Kenyan first lady Margaret Kenyatta accompanied Trump on the safari, and the pair is expected to take in a traditional performance later Friday.

Mrs. Trump is on her first visit to Africa and her first extended solo global trip as first lady.

During Trump's first global solo trip since President Donald Trump took office, Trump is visiting four nations in Africa.

Melania Trump began her African tour two days ago when she went to Ghana.

It may not have been the most glaring faux pas the hyper-scrutinized Trump has ever made. "I wanted to be here to see the successful programs that the United States is providing to the children".

She was in Malawi on Thursday, touting the work of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The criticism was not universal.

Carolyn Kaster/APFirst Lady Melania Trump was playfully bumped by a baby elephant in Kenya on Friday. "It is a attractive thing to see", the president said.

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

During that visit, the former model was snapped cuddling a small child and couldn't stop smiling as she comforted the youngster. "It's exhausted and it's old and it's inaccurate".

While in Ghana, Trump met with her counterpart, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

Melania Trump is visiting a national park in Kenya to highlight animal conservation efforts.

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At one point a Secret Service agent was forced to step forward to protect her after being nudged by a baby elephant she petted.

Melania was photographed holding the ear of an elephant and she looked at it keenly. She emerged without a smudge.

Soon she was petting and stroking the elephants, smiling and laughing and having a good time.

Melania Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, did not respond to emails seeking comment on the clash between the focus of the first lady's trip and her husband's policies.

Mrs. Trump was greeted at the airport by the First Lady of Malawi, Gertrude Mutharika, and her granddaughter, who handed Mrs. Trump flowers. A boy read a story to her in turn. She did not appear to be injured.

In other ways, Trump has seemed independent. He believes that President Trump's behavior does not affect the first lady's visit to Africa.

The first lady's trip is "fantastic and really encouraging", said Tom Hart, executive director for North America at the ONE Campaign, an advocacy group dedicated to combating global poverty and disease in Africa and elsewhere.

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