Melania Trump Heads to Africa Today
USA — October 1, 2018
First lady Melania Trump is on her first solo international tour headed to Ghana in West Africa. With child well-being as her focus, FLOTUS will make promote her “Be Best” initiative as she makes her way across fine nations in five days.
Mrs. Trump left today for her first scheduled meeting in Ghana tomorrow. Her tour will then head South to Malawi, then to Kenya in the East, and finally to Egypt in the Northwest.
Since launching her “Be Best” campaign in May, Mrs. Trump has met with many children from around the world here in the United States and abroad with her husband, President Donald Trump, but now she goes it alone promoting successful organizations and programs that share her goal as First Lady of the United States, according to the White House’s news from a few days ago. Here’s what Mrs. Trump said via the WH media brief:
“Since becoming First Lady, I have had the privilege of speaking with many of the spouses of world leaders. Our discussions are always united by the universal desire to provide children with the support and tools necessary to grow up happy, healthy, and responsible adults. I am thrilled to be working with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on what I know will be a meaningful trip.”
Also according to the WH, the First Lady’s Office worked closely with USAID to plan the Africa trip. As for her agenda, the effort will be to focus on maternal and newborn care in hospitals, education for children, culture and history aspects of each country, and to ascertain how the United States is supporting each country toward self-reliance.
The first lady spoke about her journey this week while on the sidelines of last week’s U.N. General Assembly:
“Each of us hails from a country with its own unique challenges, but I know in my heart we are united by our commitment to raising the next generation to be happy, healthy and morally responsible adults.”
According to the White House, the mission of Be Best is to help children “be best in their individual paths, while also teaching them the importance of social, emotional and physical health.”
In prior ,presidential administrations first ladies have broken new ground with youth initiatives like Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” effort, and perhaps the most famous of all, Nancy Reagan's “Say No to Drugs.S
Previous first ladies have had similar policy initiatives geared to youth, such as Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity and Nancy Reagan’s “Say No to Drugs.”