US First Lady Melania Trump touches down in Africa


Mrs Trump announced her tour of Africa at a reception for spouses of world leaders, held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, in NY.

The two first ladies than traveled to Jubilee House, Ghana's presidential palace, for a private meeting.

She will also be in Malawai, Kenya and Egypt during her five-day stay on the continent. The items carried the logo of "Be Best", the child well-being initiative Mrs. Trump launched last May.

Mrs Melania Trump also donated a photo therapy machine to the hospital, which will be used to treat jaundice.

Melania said she was looking forward to visiting "four attractive and very different countries" in Africa prior to her visit.

She was met by her Ghanaian counterpart Rebecca Akufo-Addo and a group of local schoolchildren in yellow and brown uniforms waving the USA stars and stripes and the Ghanaian flag.

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Dancers performed in the capital city of Accra for the first lady and she seemed to enjoy the moment, clapping to show her appreciation. She later joined Akufo-Addo for tea.

Her husband, Donald Trump, caused anger in January when he reportedly disparaged some African states and Haiti as "shithole countries".

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Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman, said the trip is consistent with both first lady's platform and Trump administration policy, noting that the president has said, "The the world's largest giver of foreign aid".

Trump has focused on children as her signature issue and plans to promote child wellbeing during her four-country tour.

USAID and the U.S. Department of State provided more than $8 billion in assistance to 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015.