U.S. first lady begins her first trip to Africa; analysts term it a ‘damage control visit’ post husband’s alleged racist comments

  • October 3, 2018

The First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, has embarked on her first ever visit to Africa – sans her husband who has a history of making racially controversial remarks. (Earlier this year, U.S. President Donald Trump had invited criticism for allegedly dismissing the continent as a collection of “s***hole countries.”)

However, his newfound love for Africa made headlines last week after he told journalists that his wife was making a big trip to the continent. He said, “We both love Africa. Africa is so beautiful, the most beautiful part of the world, in many ways.”

Analysts claim that Mrs Trump is on a “fence-mending” visit to heal the wounds caused by her husband’s callous comments about the people of Africa.

“She’s got some heavy lifting to do on this trip and it’s a little bit unfair because that’s not what a first lady’s trip should be about,” said Judd Devermont, director of the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The White House described her trip as a “journey to four beautiful and very different countries in Africa.”

On Tuesday, she landed in Ghana. At a hospital in Accra, the U.S. first lady was shown how babies were weighed in sacks hung from a hook on a scale. She also saw how vitamins were administered to babies and toured a neonatal intensive care unit.

She will make subsequent stopovers at Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

The U.S. First Lady, who is known to focus her time on the issues affecting children, has brought along her Be Best initiative that provides children with the tools and skills required for emotional, social, and physical health.

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