Melania Trump promotes US agency president targeted for funding cuts

Melania Trump promotes US agency president targeted for funding cuts

Melania Trump promotes US agency president targeted for funding cuts

Ghana is the jumping-off point for her first major solo worldwide trip for Melania as first lady, a tour of Africa, a continent her husband reportedly referred to derisively.

On her second stop visiting Malawi, she toured the Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe.

Despite the backlash she has received online, Melania has taken to Twitter with a series of videos and messages to update her followers of her time in Africa.

ABC News says its reporter Tom Llamas will interview Melania Trump during her trip to Africa for a "20/20" special to air October 12.

She is contributing to the Trump administration's mixed signaling, participating in a ceremonial donation of more than 1 million textbooks in Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries, on Thursday, even as President Donald Trump has suggested deep cuts to foreign aid funding that could supply future donations.

Mrs. Trump opened the trip Tuesday in Ghana.

Mrs Trump is also expected to visit Kenya and Egypt.

First lady Melania Trump observes zebras during a safari at Nairobi National Park in Kenya
First lady Melania Trump observes zebras during a safari at Nairobi National Park in Kenya

Mrs Kenyatta runs the Beyond Zero campaign, a health initiative for expectant women while Mrs Trump launched Be Best initiative to improve the welfare of children.

Mrs Trump met over tea with Kenyan first lady Margaret Kenyatta later on Friday and then took in a children's dance performance at the National Theater in Nairobi.

But since she is fine, guess we are all fine and do not have to worry about owing an explanation to US President Donald Trump why his wife was nudged by an elephant. The people love her, and she loves them! The special is called "Being Melania — The First Lady".

The US First Lady is now in Malawi on a tour focusing on promotion children's welfare.

But a few signs of protest were afoot, too, as President Trump is not widely seen as a friend of Africa.

The first lady was greeted by Malawi's first lady, Gertrude Mutharika, when she arrived in the country. The trip is also created to promote global assistance from the U.S. Agency for worldwide Development (USAID), but President Trump has proposed cutting its budget by 30 percent the past two years.

Also at the airport to receive the US First Lady was the US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and the Chief of Staff in the Kenyan First Lady's Office Constance Gakonyo, among others.

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