Melania Trump Arrives in Nairobi, Kenya For a Landmark Visit

Aaron Brown
October 8, 2018

She opened the Kenya portion of her visit earlier on Friday, seeking to highlight conservation efforts by feeding baby elephants at Nairobi National Park and going on a safari there.

The first lady's trip is "fantastic and really encouraging", said Tom Hart, executive director for North America at the ONE Campaign, an advocacy group dedicated to combating global poverty and disease in Africa and elsewhere. She administered them formula in oversized baby bottles, patted the animals on their heads and inspected their floppy ears.

The plane carrying the US First Lady, who is on the third leg of her first solo visit to four African countries, touched down shortly before 9pm Nairobi time. With a smile on her face, the first lady read along with children during their lessons.

An hour into her safari ride, Trump adjusted her outfit and climbed out of a vehicle to visit an ivory burn site, where the material has been destroyed to discourage the ivory trade.

Carolyn Kaster/APFirst Lady Melania Trump was playfully bumped by a baby elephant in Kenya on Friday.

"Thank you for what you do and taking care of them", Trump told the orphanage's staff after learning more about the facility and the circumstances that brought numerous young children and babies to it. They then watched dancers perform three traditional dances, with Malawi's first lady appearing to explain some of the words and movements to Trump.

Melania Trump tours Africa in first solo trip as FLOTUS
Melania Trump tours Africa in first solo trip as FLOTUS

First lady Melania Trump on a safari at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, on today.

But none of that was up for discussion as Mrs. Trump visited with happy schoolchildren and their teachers in the Malawian capital. Her own 12-year-old son attends a private school in Maryland.

Egypt will be her final stop on her tour of the continent that focuses on child welfare, education, tourism and conservation.

He said Melania Trump's trip will only make a real difference if she is able to persuade President Trump, upon her return, of the value of US investments in Africa.

But since she is fine, guess we are all fine and do not have to worry about owing an explanation to US President Donald Trump why his wife was nudged by an elephant. The first lady thanked educators for helping the children "be best" throughout their school experience.

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