US First Lady Melania Trump touches down in Africa

Marsha Scott
October 5, 2018

She arrived in the West African nation of Ghana after an overnight flight from Washington and quickly made her way to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.

She will then visit Malawi, Kenya and Egypt, though the White House did not disclose further details about her itinerary citing security reasons.

The enigmatic United States first lady has typically stayed out of the spotlight since her husband became president yet she has made headlines for rare public appearances.

There to receive her was Ghana's First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

Journalists have tweeted news of her arrival at Kotoka International Airport in Accra. Ahead of the first lady's visit, though, he struck a different chord.

The First Lady, who seems excited about her tour, earlier described her host nations as "four handsome and very different countries".

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"Beautiful big boy!" she said as she met staff and patients.

The first lady will promote the "Be Best" initiative which covers issues of children's well-being during her tour.

Many past American first ladies have also made trips to the African continent, including Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.

Trump's trip did not generate the same fanfare. She added: "Let's face it-most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults".

She is expected to emphasize the health and education of children as part of her "Be Best" platform that she launched in May. She tweeted that the campaign was going "international". That generated alarm among many in humanitarian circles that it would close USA developmental and health programs and diminish efforts to combat AIDS and malaria.

She also wants to focus on maternal and newborn care in hospitals and how the United States is supporting each country on its journey to self-reliance.

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