Melania Trump Africa trip set for October


First Lady Melania Trump gets into her vehicle as she arrives at Andrews Air Force ...
First Lady Melania Trump gets into her vehicle as she arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, after visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

In Summary

  • The Melania Trump Africa visit will include several countries to be announced in coming weeks.
  • In January, CNN reported that President Donald Trump bemoaned the influx of immigrants from what he deemed "s---hole countries" in Africa.
  • She has visited many international destinations while accompanying her husband but has yet to branch out on her own for a significant journey.

Melania Trump has announced that she will go to Africa in October for her first major solo trip since becoming First Lady.

“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,” the first lady said in a statement.

“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.”

The Associated Press was first to report the scheduled Melania Trump Africa visit.

In January, CNN reported that President Donald Trump, at a closed-door meeting at the White House, bemoaned the influx of immigrants from what he deemed “s—hole countries” in Africa, according to sources.

The Melania Trump Africa visit — that will include several countries, to be announced in coming weeks — will take place more than a year after her first solo international trip, which was to Toronto.

Last September she attended the Invictus Games there, an athletic event hosted by Britain’s Prince Harry.

Though she has visited many international destinations while accompanying President Donald Trump — including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, France, Poland, Turkey, China, South Korea, Japan, England and Belgium — she had yet to branch out on her own for a significant journey.

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