Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Singing schoolchildren welcome Melania Trump to Malawi

Singing schoolchildren welcome Melania Trump to Malawi

"I thought I wasn't going to have a chance to see her".

She is focusing the trip on her interest in child welfare.

Flying from Ghana, Trump arrived at Kamuzu International Airport on October 4 where she was greeted by Gertrude Maseko, the first lady of Malawi, in a ceremony that featured drummers, dancers, and students waving the flags of both countries.

The first lady also caught flak for her outfit on Friday, which critics said made her look like a colonial conqueror.

"What happened so many years ago is really a tragedy", Trump said, according to BBC. "Her attire is a signal of her understanding of what Africa is in 2018".

He later told reporters: "I am not a racist". The elephant seemed to come at her in a playful way, however, and after momentarily losing her balance, Trump laughed off the brief incident.

Melania Trump's visit to Africa is seen by some observers as an effort to mend fences after her husband's reported comment that the continent contained "shithole" countries. She arrived in Kenya late Thursday for a series of events on Friday before she continues on to Egypt, her final stop.

Bright Masaka, Malawi's minister of education, science and technology, said Chipala is one of his country's best schools. Welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome all of you.

The Cape Coast castle, now a monument, has attracted world dignitaries including Trump's predecessor, America's first black president Barack Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their two children. The First Lady toured the classrooms, observed an English lesson, and later met with teachers, parents, and local school management.

On January 23, 2017, days after his inauguration, US President Donald Trump reinstated a policy that saw US funding cut for foreign charities that provide abortions - even if abortion is legal in that country. "I wanted to be here to see the successful programs that the United States is providing to the children".

"I was heartened to spend time with the students and was honoured to donate school supplies and soccer balls".

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