Melania Trump in Egypt: the pyramids in the program

Geneva Stokes
October 10, 2018

The U.S. first lady said the message of her tour to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt was to show the world that "we care".

Everything about her tour to Africa was ideal but her dressing while in Kenya is what has made her tour to Africa look bad.

In Egypt, the former model posed in front of the Great Sphinx of Giza wearing a tailored trouser suit which many social media users said made her look like a certain fictional Nazi.

She toured indoor and outdoor classrooms, observed lessons and watched some students play soccer with balls she donated.

Seay insists that the valuable focus of a first lady could have been better applied in contexts that felt more representative of the triumphs and challenges of today's Africa.

She was welcomed by Egyptian First Lady Intissar Amer al-Sisi, an observant Muslim who wore an ankle-length blue dress and matching headscarf covering her hair. It's a reflection of her outdated understanding of Africa.

This week, in particular, Melania was mocked a lot for the outfits she wore during her trip to Africa.

Trump flew to Cairo from Nairobi earlier on Saturday on the last stage of her visit to Africa.

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In Kenya Friday, she gave the bottle feeding of elephant calves, and made a brief safari.

"Thank you for what you do and taking care of them", Trump told the orphanage's staff after learning more about the facility and the circumstances that brought numerous young children and babies to it.

Joshua Meservey, a senior Africa policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Institute, said there were modest expectations for the first lady's trip, and she largely met them, avoiding any major gaffes along the way.

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But this tour, without statements to the press, takes place far from the bustle that reigns in Washington a few weeks before the mid-term elections in November, crucial for the second part of the mandate of the president Donald Trump.

Asked if she believed Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual abusing her when they were teenagers, the first lady said, "I will move on that". It was at Greater Accra Regional Hospital that she plucked a chubby baby boy from the arms of the woman holding him.

The US Agency for International Development has been working with the Egyptian government for the past several years on a project to lower groundwater levels to prevent additional damage to the landmarks. Trump has twice tried unsuccessfully to slash USAID's budget by a third. "And that was anonymous source and I would leave it at that".

And yet, in that ideal world, the First Lady would actually have something to say.

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