United States first lady lands in Cairo as last stop in Africa trip

Lamar Ellis
October 8, 2018

Locals, and social media, were quick to condemn the "tone-deaf" choice, accusing her of showing a lack of understanding about African culture.

As Jenni Avins pointed out for Quartz, Mrs Trump was a model during the late-80s/early-90s "safari craze" - a time where fashion retailers like Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic promoted a romanticised ideal of white people going to Africa and wearing khaki.

Egypt, a key regional ally of the United States, has a USA -brokered deal treaty with Israel since 1979.

"She's still largely a mystery to the American people because she maintains her largely low profile", said Katherine Jellison, who studies first ladies at Ohio University. "It is a lovely thing to see".

Seay did praise Trump for one item on her itinerary: A trip she took to Cape Coast castle, a former slave trading fort in Ghana.

The White House is yet to comment on the helmet controversy.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is the patron of the transformative Beyond Zero initiative while US First Lady Melania Trump is the founder and promoter of the "Be Best" initiative created to improve the welfare of children.

During her relatively low-key solo tour, only interrupted traffic flows and scenes of Secret Service agents could tell there was a VIP around.

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President Trump has been quoted as saying immigrants from Africa came from "shit-hole countries", though he has denied making the remark.

Yet for Africa's bruised ego, the Trumps will have to work more to regain the warmth Barack Obama enjoyed, for example - with the added advantage of tracing his roots to Kenya. "I'm not elected. He's the president".

"Melania Trump or smooth criminal?" another tweeted.

"The question is: what is she coming to do?"

"These perceptions are very strong". "It's very emotional", Trump said after her visit.

Mrs Trump visiting the Sheldrick Wildlife Elephant Project in Kenya.

Kavanaugh, 53, was selected by President Donald Trump to replace Anthony Kennedy, a Ronald Reagan-nominee who announced his retirement on June 27. We went to Kenya.

Back in Washington, the US Senate is expected to give President Trump a big political win later on Saturday by confirming conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice.

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