Melania Trump's solo trip to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt captivated worldwide aid and global health advocates, who have otherwise watched in frustration as the Trump administration moved to defund and deprioritize longstanding American programs aimed at strengthening Africa and solidifying US interests across the developing world.
She was welcomed by Egyptian First Lady Intissar Amer al-Sisi, an observant Muslim who wore an ankle-length blue dress and matching headscarf covering her hair.
The stylish former model also said she did not always agree with her husband's tweets and shared her opinions with him directly, even though he did not always follow her advice. "I want to talk about my trip and not what I wear".
Addressing Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh that he sexually assaulted her, Melania Trump said: "I'm glad that Dr. Ford was heard".
"The way she's dressed and the activities she's undertaken reflect an outdated view of the continent", Seay says.
Asked if she believed Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual abusing her when they were teenagers, the first lady said, "I will move on that. I am against any kind of abuse or violence".
After touching down in the Ghanian capital of Accra to kick-off her tour of Africa Melania set off on a safari day trip in Nairobi National Park in Kenya and raised eyebrows the world over with yet another left-of-field outfit. But now, FLOTUS is making her opinions crystal clear in a rare unscripted interview with the press. During the short Q&A session, Melania revealed that she sometimes asks Donald to put down the phone and stop tweeting.
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The first lady spurred outrage earlier this year when she wore a jacket bearing the words "I really don't care, do u?" during a trip to a Texas shelter that housed migrant children separated from their parents. President Trump has been quoted as saying immigrants from Africa came from "shit-hole countries", though he has denied making the remark.
Joshua Meservey, a senior Africa policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Institute, said there were modest expectations for the first lady's trip, and she largely met them, avoiding any major gaffes along the way. "It's very important that I express what I feel".
"She thinks animals are precious and doesn't like big-game hunting", said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman. And sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn't.
The former model stepped off the plane at Cairo global airport wearing high-waisted white trousers, a pleated white shirt and a dark tie with a beige jacket slung over her shoulders.
Trump, in Africa to promote her children's welfare programme, began her trip in Ghana, where she visited mothers and their newborns, and toured a former slave trading fort.
However, the Trump administration has proposed a raft of austerity measures to curtail United States funding of various programmes aimed at helping poor countries across the world.