US First Lady in Kenya Highlights Conservation, Visits Orphanage

US First Lady in Kenya Highlights Conservation, Visits Orphanage

Kerry Wise
October 6, 2018

First lady Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant at David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

First lady Melania Trump observes zebras during a safari at Nairobi National Park in Kenya.

Now, at 48, she is not the youngest First Lady the United States has seen.

Her visit to Africa comes months after President Trump became under fire for calling African countries "Shithole". She walked up a pathway holding hands with two children and then began to sashay to the beat as she approached the building.

"That's another book? You have great taste", Melania was heard telling the young boy who was reading the story to the audience.

Many drew comparisons with Meryl Streep's character in Out Of Africa, while some said she was completing the look of "colonialiser".

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They also warned people to not get caught off guard as rivers that briefly receded were periodically rising back. They also warn more evacuations are possible as forecasters get a better idea how high the river will get.

She was feeding the animals and gave a baby elephant a bottled formula.

The convoy of the US First Lady however passed by without any incident and Mrs Trump might have seen the protests.

"When people think of Africa, they have these standard narratives", Kim Yi Dionne, a political science professor who specializes in African politics at the University of California, Riverside, told the Times.

Mrs. Trump also stopped to visit an ivory burn site, where the material has been destroyed to discourage the ivory trade. "Do U?" jacket she wore on the way to visit detained migrant children in Texas in June.

Melania Trump was met with protestors bearing signs aimed pointedly at her husband, President Donald Trump, as she arrived in Malawi as part of her tour of Africa.

Trump had decried lifting the ban as a "horror show", but he did not intervene after the agency announced that the importation of elephant trophies will be approved on a "case-by-case basis".