Melania Trump hails 'amazing experience' at Malawi school with 8500 pupils

Larry Hoffman
October 8, 2018

Melania Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts.

The Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters is also anticipating a visit by Melania Trump.

Mrs Trump plans to visit children at an orphanage and take in a children's performance later at Nairobi National Theatre.

US First Lady Melania Trump has visited a wildlife sanctuary and the Nest Children's Home Orphanage in Nairobi on the first day of her trip to Kenya.

The US first lady heads to Kenya later on Thursday and then stops in Egypt on Saturday before returning to the United States.

In a tweet, President Trump said his wife has been well received on the continent and Africans love her.

After leaving the ambassador's residence, Mrs. Trump went to the State House for tea with Gertrude Mutharika, her Malawian counterpart.

Children living at The Nest in Nairobi greeted her with singing and dancing, and it didn't take long before the typically reserved US first lady gave in to the moment. The school is among those in the landlocked country that receive education assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development, including textbooks.

"The first lady is going to spend time in schools and hospitals, and that's wonderful", Brigety said.

The students welcomed Mrs Trump to the school by singing: "We are happy today to see you".

Her stepsons have also been criticised for their passion for hunting.

"She loves meeting people, learning new things, and being around kids", Grisham said. "Her attire is a signal of her understanding of what Africa is in 2018".

The first lady donated more "Be Best"-themed items there, including chalk for teachers and soccer balls with the White House logo".

The network is billing it as the first lady's first sit-down interview, although she briefly spoke to CNN's Kate Bennett during last year's trip to China, while they were both standing on the Great Wall.

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