First Lady Melania Trump is making preparations to embark on a major international campaign to several African countries.
The campaign is slated for October and will be the first time the First Lady will make a trip to the African continent.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 21, 2018
She is excitedly learning about the culture- and language-rich areas of where she will be traveling.
“This will be my first time traveling to Africa and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history,” Trump said in a statement, the Washington Examiner reports.
“We are a global society and I believe it is through open dialogue and the exchanging of ideas that we have a real opportunity to learn from one another,” she continued.
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) August 21, 2018
Here’s more from the Washington Examiner:
Details regarding the tour are still to be announced, including specific dates and which countries will be added to the itinerary. Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, said Melania Trump is drawn to the African continent because she is interested in the region’s many development programs, such as those focusing on children’s health and education, according to the Associated Press.
While the first lady has joined the president overseas on a number of occasions, her only other solo foreign visit was to Toronto, Canada, in September in order to support Britain’s Prince Harry’s Invictus Games initiative for injured or sick military personnel and veterans.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 21, 2018
And, from Associated Press:
The swing through Africa will be the farthest Mrs. Trump has traveled on her own since becoming first lady in January 2017.
Trump has accompanied the president to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Brussels, France, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Finland, for his recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Due to medical restrictions placed on her travel following kidney surgery in May, she did not accompany Trump to Singapore for his one-on-one meeting in June with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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