Melania takes to Africa to put positive spin on Trump’s presidency

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US First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Ghana's capital Accra on Tuesday on her first solo worldwide trip in Africa, during which she will visit child health facilities, orphanages and meet caregivers.

The two first met last week in NY at a reception on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, where Mrs. Trump spoke about her upcoming trip.

President Trump has been quoted as saying immigrants from Africa came from "shithole countries".

Melania Trump also cradled an infant and declared the baby a "beautiful boy" as she handed him back to his mother.

USA first lady Melania Trump greets a child during a visit to a hospital in Accra, Ghana, October 2, 2018.

Read some reactions to her visit below as she plans to continue to Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

She is the first naturalized and second foreign-born United States citizen to become the First Lady, after Louisa Adams, wife of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams.

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The first lady then greeted Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the first lady of Ghana, at the foot of a red carpet rolled out on the tarmac.

"She is interested in Africa because she has never been there before", her communications director Stephanie Grisham said.

Melania said she was looking forward to visiting "four handsome and very different countries" in Africa prior to her visit. "This is her trip, her initiative", she said.

"We both love Africa".

The US president has yet to travel to Africa since taking office.

During that visit, Barack Obama gave a speech to parliament saying "Africa doesn't need strongmen, it needs strong institutions".

Unlike the Obamas' visit, the roads from the airport were not packed with onlookers while there was little fanfare in the local media, according to an AFP reporter on the ground.

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