Melania Trump visits slave dungeon in Ghana

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

Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama in 2009 on a visit to Ghana also visited the castle.

But Trevor was also quick to question why Melania was going to take her campaign about cyberbullying to a place where many were struggling with even getting online. A US official said the chief had invited two disabled children from a nearby school to the ceremony with the first lady, a break from local tradition in which it had previously been considered taboo to have anyone with handicaps in the palace.

Melania was clearly very fond of last year's look, because she paired the jacket with a near-identical ensemble for her trip to Cape Coast Castle, a former slave trading fort that is located around 90 miles from the Ghanaian capital of Accra.

So Melania, still making infrequent public appearances on her own in the United States, much less overseas, has stepped up to the plate.

She called it "very emotional" and "really something that people should see and experience". The first lady laid a wreath and signed a guestbook at the castle, where she told reporters she wrote "thank you for your warm welcome. The dungeons that I saw, it's really something that people should see and experience", she said after she was asked to reflect on the visit. The two first met last week in NY at a reception on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, where Mrs. Trump spoke about her upcoming trip.

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The first lady's visit to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt has been seen as an attempt to carve her own path and emerge from her husband's shadow and his divisive presidency.

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, right, poses with Ghana's First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo prior to their meeting at Jubilee House in Accra, Ghana, on October 2, 2018.

Before the visit, Mrs. Trump visited nearby Emintsimadze Palace to participate in a traditional ceremony where a regional tribe leader granted her permission to tour the palace.

The US First Lady cuddled some babies at the hospital, before also donating a phototherapy machine, teddy bears and assorted baby items.

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