Melania Trump dances with kids, feeds baby elephant during Kenya visit

Glen Norman
October 8, 2018

Mrs. Trump also planned to meet with Kenyan first lady Margaret Kenyatta before taking in a children's performance at Nairobi National Theater later Friday.

President Donald Trump has pushed time and again to slash US spending on foreign assistance - calling for deep cuts to nutrition programs, education initiatives and HIV/AIDS prevention in developing countries across the world. She was received by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The overarching focus of her trip, according to the first lady's office, is health care for mothers and babies, children's education and USA efforts to support African countries attain "self-reliance".

"I think her "Be Best" project will benefit our children, which in turn will benefit our country". Malawi has received a total of 9.6 million textbooks in the past few years through a USA -funded national reading program.

Her visit has included promoting the work of the U.S. Agency for International Development, whose funding President Trump has twice proposed slashing by almost a third.

Trump at first decried lifting the ban, but he did not intervene in a federal agency decision to begin judging the importation of elephant trophies on a "case-by-case basis".

Staff praised her for visiting.

The first lady laughed after one elephant in the group of 18 made a sudden move and she momentarily lost her footing.

Melania Trump spent Thursday in southern Africa promoting the work of a US global development agency whose funding President Donald Trump has twice proposed slashing by almost a third.

"Meeting those children and understanding their different way of life is why I wanted to travel here", Mrs. Trump told U.S. Embassy employees at a gathering at the U.S. ambassador's residence. The soccer balls as well as tote bags donated for the teachers bore the logo of "Be Best", the child well-being initiative she launched earlier this year and is promoting on the trip.

Carolyn Kaster/APFirst Lady Melania Trump was playfully bumped by a baby elephant in Kenya on Friday. "We are happy to see you".

Others are not convinced the White House sees Africa as "extremely important", the first lady's trip notwithstanding. One woman's sign said #MELANIATOO, with the "ME" in bold black.

"I was heartened to spend time with the students and was honored to donate school supplies and soccer balls", she said.

Mrs Trump also took a brief safari as she learns more about steps the East African nation is taking to conserve wildlife.

"There are so many countries in Africa, but she chose to come here", the queen mother said.

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