Melania Trump rounds off Africa tour in Egypt


"MATOKE (@its_stanmato) October 6, 2018" The First Lady was photographed wearing a white pith helmet while on a safari in Kenya. Earlier in the day, she opened her visit to Kenya by feeding baby elephants and going on a safari at Nairobi National Park.

While there, she also received a briefing about USAID's Water Table Reduction Project at the base of the Sphinx, according to the statement.

Although the day was largely uneventful, video footage of her visit showed one of the baby elephants almost knocking Melania over as she approached.

Melania Trump is in Africa for her first extended solo trip as First Lady, and visited Nairobi National Park to see its conservation work.

US First Lady Melania Trump walks with her Egyptian counterpart Intissar Amer al-Sisi after arriving at Cairo International Airport.

Laura Seay, an assistant professor at Colby College who studies African politics, conflict and development, told NPR that even before the (gasp!) pith helmet, Trump was "fulfilling a lot of stereotypes" on her trip. In June, the first lady was photographed wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words "I really don't care, do u?" on its back.

It's not the first time Trump has been in the news for an outfit. When she managed to put some real distance between them - an ocean - by going to Africa, many observed that she seemed to blossom.

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While she generously dished out warm smiles and happy waves, the first lady also used her four-nation tour of Africa to draw some firmer boundaries between her own views and those of her husband the president.

"This is the best thing that can happen to the White House", she said. If Melania wants people to talk about what she does, she should remember that this is part of it. She urged the public to "focus on what I do, not what I wear".

The low-key tour came to an end as her husband was set to score a big political win after days of acrimonious deadlock inside and outside the Senate over his Supreme Court pick.

Trump has focused on her signature issue of campaigning for children with stops at a hospital, primary school and an orphanage.

It is unknown if Melania will join Donald, after completing her first solo tour without him by her side.

However, in contrast to visits by former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, her tour has not attracted large crowds or much fervour.