Melania Trump arrives in Ghana on African trip

US first lady Melania Trump arrives in Accra Ghana as she begins her tour of several African countries

US first lady Melania Trump arrives in Accra Ghana as she begins her tour of several African countries

And while first lady Melania Trump is unlikely to slay a giraffe or elephant on her four-country, five-day tour, not even she could resist flaunting a little animal skin.

After greeting the well-wishers, Trump headed to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.

Read some reactions to her visit below as she plans to continue to Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. She announced the Africa visit last week at the United Nations General Assembly. She was also warmly greeted by the first lady of Ghana, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

First lady Melania Trump stood at the top of the airplane stairs in Accra, Ghana, smiled broadly and waving.

The visit is being organised in partnership with USAID and will involve Ghana and three other countries, which she has described as "four handsome and very different countries in Africa".

"Thank you very much", Trump said to her counterpart. The mother of a 12-year-old son, child welfare is an important issue for Trump, who launched her advocacy initiative "Be Best" earlier this year.




But as she attempts to step out of her husband's shadow, the Africa trip has been seen as an attempt for her to carve her own diplomatic path.

The first lady chose Africa as her destination as it had always been on her wish list of places to go, according the White House.

Before this week, the phrase "Trump trip to Africa" might have meant a big-game hunting excursion with Donald Jr. and Eric. She added: "Let's face it-most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults". She tweeted that the campaign was going "international".

The Trump administration has sought to drastically reduce the USAID funding to the continent, slashing it by as much as 30 percent in its proposed budgets. Congress ultimately voted to restore the funding.

He said although the facility already has some of the machines, the model donated by the US First Lady is one of the best in the world.

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