Melania Trump’s white hat in Africa lands her in ‘colonial’ controversy

Posted October 07, 2018

US First Lady Melania Trump waves as she disembarks from her military airplane upon arrival at Lilongwe International Airport October 4, 2018 for a 1-day visit in Malawi.

Mrs. Trump was asked whether she believes Ford, who accuses Kavanaugh of sexual assault - an allegation he denies.

Her husband on Thursday tweeted: "Our country's great First Lady, Melania, is doing really well in Africa".

'I don't always agree what he tweets, ' she said in a rare, unscripted interaction with reporters. "But I have my own voice and my own opinions and it's very important for me that I express what I feel".

But to some - especially those who study African history - her fashion choice in Kenya was still a big error on the global stage: the sight of a first lady wearing something so closely associated with the exploitation of Africans.

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First lady Melania Trump visits the historical site of the Giza Pyramids in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt. " jacket. Her latest outfit while in Kenya has people disturbed".

However, in contrast to visits by former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, her tour has not attracted large crowds or much fervour.

Her focus on saving elephants seemed at odds with policies put forth by her husband, President Donald Trump.

It didn't take long for the typically reserved US first lady to dive fully into the moment.

"Nobody discussed that with me, and I never heard him saying those comments, and that was anonymous source and I will leave that at that", she said.

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She wore slacks and a tie as she stepped off the plane in Cairo, where she proceeded to the presidential palace, an ornate cream stone building with arabesque designs. The first lady also witnessed the handover of a batch of textbooks donated by a US worldwide developmental agency.

Speaking near the Sphinx, Trump said that the message of her trip has been to show "that we care".

BE BEST is a public awareness campaign promoted by Melania Trump, focusing on well-being for youth and advocating against cyberbullying and drug use, according to the BE BEST website.

She then made a brief stop in Malawi where she toured a primary school.

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