First photos of Melania Trump's arrival in Ghana

Calvin Saunders
October 3, 2018

Melania Trump opened her first big solo worldwide trip as USA first lady on Tuesday with a wave, a smile and a baby in her arms, aiming to promote child welfare during a five-day tour of Africa.

The First Lady will also visit Malawi, Kenya and Egypt over the next six days.

The first lady also had a private tea with her Ghanaian counterpart, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

The first lady is visiting Africa on her first big solo worldwide trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour.

The first lady then visited a newly constructed wing of the hospital to visit babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.

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Leaders and diplomats of Ghana greeted Mrs. Trump with an elaborate official state visit, rolling out the red carpet for her and having native Ghanan dancers performing for her.

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. Melania Trump brought a silver Chippendale tray etched with an image of the White House.

With the Africa visit, the first lady aims to take "Be Best" and its focus on opioid abuse and online behaviour to an worldwide audience.

There's an overall sense of skepticism that exists around her trip and her motivations-and rightfully so. 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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