Melania Trump is all smiles as she starts her solo African tour

Emmett Rice
October 3, 2018

The visiting American First Lady, Melania Trump on Tuesday had a historical moment with mothers and babies at the Greater Accra Regional (Ridge) Hospital in Accra.

Next up on her trip are visits to Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. Trump joins a list of former first ladies - Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama - who also made solo trips to Africa.

Children carry flags as they greet USA first lady Melania Trump on arrival in Accra, Ghana, on October 2, 2018. On the tarmac, she was welcomed with a bouquet of flowers from an 8-year-old girl.

It's also her first visit to Africa.

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Trump also visited a baby clinic where she saw babies getting weighed as part of a nutritional program and distributed teddy bears wrapped in baby blankets.

The women met for the first time at the UN General Assembly last month at which President Trump railed against globalism, earning him stern rebukes from world leaders.

First lady Melania Trump is greeted by Ghana's first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo as she arrives at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana.

In June, she made a surprise visit to Texas to visit detained children at the Mexican border, wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words "I really don't care". Akufo-Addo was at the airport to welcome her. Melania Trump brought a silver Chippendale tray etched with an image of the White House. The first lady will also highlight the role Washington plays in helping each country, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which helped to coordinate the trip.

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