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Melania Trump heads to Africa: trip focuses on child welfare

America’s first lady Melania Trump has packed her bags and is heading out for her first solo international trip.

On Monday, the first lady is jetting off on a solo tour of parts of Africa; her first major international trip without her husband President Trump.

During remarks at a reception for United Nations General Assembly leader spouses in Manhattan Wednesday September 26, Trump announced she will visit Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt in order to promote her “Be Best” child welfare initiative.

Trump revealed that she will partner closely on this trip with the United States Agency for International Development.

“There are many programs across the country that are doing great things for children, and I believe we can replicate many of these programs overseas,” said Trump in her remarks on Wednesday. “This is why I am pleased to be working closely with USAID as I prepare for my first major International trip to Africa. By working with developing countries around the world to help them with their journey to self-reliance, USAID’s work embodies much of what ‘Be Best’ stands for.”

Mrs Trump’s office hasn’t released details about the activities she plans in each country, though the first lady said in a recent speech that she plans to emphasize child welfare. She already promotes child well-being in the US under an initiative she launched in May named “Be Best.”

First ladies before Mrs. Trump performed numerous roles on their trips to the vast continent, but mostly sought to foster goodwill toward the United States. Some made the trip to check on the status of US assistance programs or announce new funding. Some played tourist, or brought their children along for the cultural experience.

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