Melania Trump feeds baby elephants and goes on safari in Kenya

Geraldine Edwards
October 8, 2018

Upon her departure, the first lady gifted children with dozens of "Be Best" soccer balls, tote bags and school supplies.

US First Lady Melania Trump visited a Kenyan safari as part of her Africa trip.

She is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo global trip as USA first lady.

First lady Melania Trump was nearly knocked down by a baby elephant on Friday while on safari in Nairobi National Park in Kenya.

"I think she's kind and nice".

As Miliam sat sounding out letters and words, Trump sat with her hands clasped and smiled as she watched the group.

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Trump greeted two administrators as she arrived at the school with Virginia Palmer, the US ambassador to Malawi.

Hours before Washington woke up, critics were pointing out how Trump - who is here representing a husband widely reported to have disparaged African nations as "shitholes" - had fumbled this segment of her visit.

Melania Trump is on a four-nation tour of the African continent, and her most recent stop was to the country of Malawi, The Hill reports.

The criticism was not universal. Melania Trump is a natural feeding baby elephants, marveling at how fast one gobbles down a bottle of milk at a sanctuary in Kenya.

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After an outdoor book reading session, she was encircled by the same children she led up the driveway as they sang and danced some more.

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"There are so many countries in Africa, but she chose to come here", the queen mother said. "It's exhausted and it's old and it's inaccurate".

First Lady Melania Trump visits the Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe on October 4, 2018.

Mrs. Trump arrived at The Nest orphanage on Friday after helping feed baby elephants, still clad in the riding trousers and tall brown boots she had worn on a safari.

But there were signs of protest, too, as President Trump is not unanimously seen as a friend of Africa.

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Melania who wore a brown trouser, white blouse and maroon boots was seen holding the ear of the elephant and she looked at it keenly.

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