The baby who will not forget Melania Trump's hug

Melania Trump

First lady Melania Trump has embarked on her first big solo global trip - and first visit to Africa - with plans to visit four countries in just five days, focusing on child welfare.

Her immediate predecessor Michelle Obama also made a solo trip to the continent when her husband was president, visiting South Africa and Botswana.

I'd like to take a moment and thank the First Lady of Ghana for being with us today.

"So looking forward to visiting Ghana, Malawi, Kenya & Egypt as I take BeBest worldwide", Trump posted to Facebook Tuesday. And while first lady Melania Trump is unlikely to slay a giraffe or elephant on her four-country, five-day tour, not even she could resist flaunting a little animal skin.

The items carried the logo of "Be Best", the child well-being initiative Melania Trump launched last May.

Mrs Trump also donated hampers and gifts to mothers and children at the Child Welfare Clinic of the Hospital.

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There to receive her was Ghana's First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo. She later joined Akufo-Addo for tea.

The First Lady, who seems excited about her tour, earlier described her host nations as "four attractive and very different countries".

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump reportedly referred to some African nations, and Haiti, as "shithole countries". The first lady will also highlight the role Washington plays in helping each country, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which helped to coordinate the trip. The tray was carried in a leather case bearing the first lady's signature.

She called it "an awareness campaign, dedicated to the most valuable and fragile among us - our children".

Meservey told VOA, "I think the U.S. -Africa relationship is much bigger than the president's comments".

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