Published: Mon, October 08, 2018

Melania Trump raises eyebrows in Africa with another white hat

Melania Trump raises eyebrows in Africa with another white hat

"What I will say, if we're talking about the Supreme Court and Judge Kavanaugh, I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court", she said.

"Melania told me all about her trip in great detail and I'm so proud of the job she's doing on behalf of children everywhere, "Trump said".

Her focus on saving elephants seemed at odds with policies put forth by her husband, President Donald Trump. "It's very emotional", Trump said after her visit.

She closed her tour in Egypt by touring the pyramids and the Great Sphinx to highlight US -backed preservation efforts there.

Locals, and social media, were quick to condemn the "tone-deaf" choice, accusing her of showing a lack of understanding about African culture.

"We just completed an fantastic trip - we went to Ghana, we went to Malawi, we went to Kenya, here we are in Egypt", the first lady told reporters Saturday.

@IbraYarre tweeted: "Melania Trump went on a safari in Kenya wearing a pith helmet - a symbol of European colonial rule across Africa". Who could forget the time she wore a pair of Manolo Blahnik stiletto heels to tour a Puerto Rican disaster zone?

'I give my honest opinion and honest advice. The Trump administration has pushed to cut funding to USAID, which supports several projects the first lady visited.

The low-key tour, during which she has made no comment to reporters, has contrasted with the political tumult back home where her husband was set to score a big political win after days of acrimonious deadlock inside and outside the Senate over his Supreme Court pick.

She added, "But I have my own voice and my own opinions and it's very important for me that I express what I feel".

Melania Trump has been criticised for a particularly eyebrow-raising fashion choice while on tour in Africa.

Photo credit: Ben CurtisUS First Lady, Melania Trump looks on as she visits a school in Lilongwe, Malawi.

In August, the White House announced the first lady would be visiting Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt to highlight programs successfully teaching children life well-being skills as part of her BE BEST campaign.

Mrs. Trump was on hand as the US ambassador handed over another 1.4 million books through a USA -funded national reading program. The people love her, and she loves them!

"I want to thank President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and First Lady Entissar Amer for hosting me in Egypt", said First Lady Melania Trump.

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