Melania Trump arrives in Ghana, 1st stop on Africa tour


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.

Melania Trump has made the well-being of children the focus of her work as first lady and plans to bring this message to Africa on her trip.

Present at the Kotoka International Airport to receive the US First Lady was Ghana's first Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Minister for Foreign Affairs Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister for Gender Cynthia Morrison, Deputy Minister for Aviation, Kwabena Okyere Darko, among others.

According to NBC News, Trump was welcomed to the West African nation with dancing, drumming and a group of children waving USA and Ghanaian flags.

"Mrs. Trump has always envisioned her first worldwide trip would be [to] Africa", she told CNN. The two women met for the first time during the United Nations 73rd General Assembly last week.

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Dancers performed in the capital city of Accra for the first lady and she seemed to enjoy the moment, clapping to show her appreciation. The two first met last week in NY at a reception on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, where Mrs. Trump spoke about her upcoming trip. She arrived Tuesday in the West African country of Ghana.

Mrs Trump also donated hampers and gifts to mothers and children at the Child Welfare Clinic of the Hospital.

Ahead of her trip, Melania said she was looking forward to visiting "four handsome and very different countries in Africa".

The president in an Oval Office meeting in January asked lawmakers why so many people from "shithole countries" immigrate to the USA, referring to countries in Africa, Haiti and El Salvador, The Washington Post reported. "This is her trip, her initiative", she said. She added: "Let's face it-most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults".