First Lady of the United States Melania Trump has announced that she will be visiting Africa in October this year. The exact date and location has however yet to be disclosed. It is the first time she is travelling alone outside the United States.
A statement from her office stated that Mrs Trump was excited traveling to Africa for the first time and that she was eager to learn about the cultures and history of her yet to be announced hosts.
“This will be my first time traveling to Africa and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history”
“We are a global society and I believe it is through open dialogue and the exchanging of ideas that we have a real opportunity to learn from one another, the statement said.
As has usually been the case when previous First Ladies have visited, she is expected to do work on humanitarian and development related issues. The AP reporter at the White House also stated that Melania said that she’ll focus on “the issues facing children throughout the continent.”
“I look forward to highlighting the successful humanitarian work and development programs being done in many of the countries,” the statement added.
Her husband, Donald Trump, has yet to visit Africa since becoming president in early 2017. He received huge backlash after he was reported to have described Africa as a shithole. Trump denied using the term.
“In September 2017 President Trump hosted a working luncheon with African leaders at the United Nations to discuss economic and trade relation. He was joined by the leaders of Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and South Africa.
Trump said, ‘Africa has tremendous business potential. I have so many friends going to your countries, trying to get rich. I congratulate you. They’re spending a lot of money. ‘ He went on to say ,”But it does — it has a tremendous business potential and representing huge amounts of different markets. And for American firms it’s really become a place that they have to go — that they want to go.”
Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, reiterated on Monday much of what the first lady said in March — “She is aware of the criticism, but it will not deter her from doing what she feels is right,” she wrote in an email — and added that “the president is proud of her commitment to children and encourages her in all that she does