US First Lady in Cairo wrapping up Africa trip

US First Lady in Cairo wrapping up Africa trip

US First Lady in Cairo wrapping up Africa trip

"I think he's qualified for the Supreme Court", she said.

Trump, who has also visited Ghana and Malawi, kicked off her day with a stop at an elephant orphanage, where she helped bottle feed an elephant and patted another, clearly having a good time.

Mrs. Trump spent time inside the cramped dungeon that was used to house male slaves. It was a reflection of her outdated understanding of Africa. "We have to look for her non-verbal cues sometimes. this was a puzzler".

Beyond hosting first ladies at the White House or meeting with them at the United Nations, it is unclear how much Trump knew about Africa before she chose to visit.

Some commentators said she had made a mistake by wearing a white pith helmet, a hat favored by 19th century European colonialists, because of its association with the exploitation of Africans.

Even before the pith helmet, Seay had started a hashtag - #FLOTUSInAfricaBingo - to note the ways in which she found that Trump was "fulfilling a lot of stereotypes" on her trip. "It's not a place looking for white saviors in colonial getup".

While visiting the Nairobi National Park in Kenya, she was seen touring in an open-air vehicle, taking photos on her iPhone of zebras, giraffes, impalas, rhinos and hippos and feeding baby elephants.

The first lady received warm welcomes everywhere she went - though there were some reminders of her husband's strained relations with the continent, which he has yet to visit as president. (In March, NPR's Colin Dwyer reported that the Trump administration lifted a ban on elephant trophy imports).

Melania arrived in Africa on her first solo trip on October 1 with the aim of partnering USAID to advance the activities of her "Be Best" campaign aimed at children and women empowerment efforts.

The plane carrying the US First Lady departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 8am and was seen off by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

"I am honored to meet the honorable lady, the wife of the American president, in Cairo tomorrow, and to wish her a successful and happy stay in her second country, Egypt", she wrote in Arabic. According to the Associated Press, she said the visit was "a solemn reminder of a time in our history that should never be forgotten". Sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn't, but I have my own voice and opinions, and it's very important to me I express what I feel'.

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