ACCRA – United States first lady Melania Trump arrived in Ghana on Tuesday to begin her tour of Africa focusing on child welfare, which is to include stops in Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.
The first lady is set to visit projects funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), including hospitals, schools and shelters, and to promote her “Be Best” initiative for a healthy and drug-free life for children, as well as combating online harassment.
Mrs. Trump’s plane landed at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, where she was received by Ghana’s first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo and other Ghanaian officials.
The wife of US President Donald Trump, who in January reportedly dismissed much of Africa as “shithole countries,” visited the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, where she met with mothers and smiled while complementing their young children in a photo-op, cradling a baby in her arms and declaring him a “beautiful boy.”
The first lady also drew criticism in June for wearing a jacket that read “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” while visiting a detainment center for children who were forcibly separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border.
But her Africa tour was all smiles so far, as the first lady had tea with her Ghanaian counterpart at the Jubilee House, the official residence of the president of Ghana.
Before flying to Malawi, Mrs. Trump is scheduled to visit a fort used in the Transatlantic slave trade.
Less than a week ago, President Trump assured journalists that both he and his wife love Africa, during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.