Melania Trump Visits Ex-Slave Holding Facility in Ghana

US First lady Melania Trump and Ghana's first lady Rebecca Akufo Addo watch dancers during an arrival ceremony

It has become something of a tradition for USA first ladies.

Ahead of her trip, Mrs Trump said that she was looking forward to seeing how the United States can continue working together with Malawi to support a USAid programme that is focussed on children's education.

She beamed as she was welcomed by a troupe of traditional drummers and dancers.

The Flotus charmed locals with her easy, relaxed manner, and appeared delighted when given the chance to cuddle an adorable baby boy during a visit to the city's Greater Accra Regional Hospital.

"This is a very special place", said Melania, per CNN's Kate Bennett. Samuel Kumah, Chief of Protocol, is standing second from left (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). Mrs. Trump handed out teddy bears and blankets printed with her BE BEST message. Several Ghanaians interviewed said they knew little about it. Mrs. Trump stopped to embrace a particularly roly-poly baby.

First lady Trump was given a demonstration of how the hospital weighs babies during wellness checks in a sack-and-pully system.

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But unlike her predecessors, her visit will be followed closely to see if she can build bridges after the president reportedly dismissed Africa as a collection of "shithole countries". It was in a newly constructed hospital wing. The White House conveyed that the two first ladies exchanged gifts.

Mrs Trump and Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady of Ghana, wave to flag-waving children during an arrival ceremony after landing at Kotoka International Airport in Accra October 2, 2018. First lady Trump's signature was branded on the leather case that held the tray.

Melania Trump on Tuesday arrived in Ghana on the first leg of her maiden, solo tour of Africa that has been billed as a chance to carve her own diplomatic path.

Anyway, just a few short months after that debacle, Melania Trump stepped out for day two of her week-long tour of Africa wearing yep, another olive green lightweight jacket. She emphasized the importance of the multi-faceted well-being of children and the role of parents in teaching children life skills. "This is her trip, her initiative", she said.

The first lady wants to highlight the work of the US Agency for International Development, even as her husband looks to slash aid and restrict it to perceived friendly nations.

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