First lady Melania Trump brings "Be Best" campaign to Malawi school
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Oct 06, 2018,
Oct 06, 2018, 15:41
Children living at The Nest in Nairobi greeted her Friday with singing and dancing, and it didn't take long before the typically reserved USA first lady gave in to the moment.
In Malawi, she greeted school children at Chipala Primary School.
"Meeting those children and understanding their different way of life is why I wanted to travel here", she said.
"That's another book? You have great taste", Melania was heard telling the young boy who was reading the story to the audience. She'll also go on a quick safari.
The first lady spent time with a herd of elephants in the park and fed formula to two that are being raised at the park. "It is a handsome thing to see".
A white woman on the roadside held up a handmade sign as the first lady's motorcade passed that said "Melania Me Too". It's also her first visit to Africa.
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Later during a visit at the US embassy in Malawi, the first lady called her visit to the school an "amazing experience".
Mrs Trump has been touring Africa and made her first stop in Ghana on 2 October 2018.
The first lady also stopped at a site where ivory burns take place - a conservationist effort meant to discourage the ivory trade.
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.
A year ago he appeared to refer to a non-existent country called "Nambia" in a speech to ambassadors from the continent.
In the afternoon, Mrs Kenyatta hosted her U.S. counterpart at State House, Nairobi where they held discussions on their shared interests in areas of health and welfare of mothers and children as well as conservation.