US First Lady Melania Trump walks with her Egyptian counterpart Intissar Amer al-Sisi after arriving at Cairo International Airport.
"I don't always agree what he tweets, and I tell him that", she said, adding that she sometimes asked the president to put down his phone. According to Associated Press, she also said, "I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear", after a hat she wore drew ire and comparisons to British colonialism of Kenya.
"Thank you for what you do and taking care of them", Mrs. Trump said, while holding a baby girl originally handed to her wrapped in a blanket bearing the logo of Be Best, the child welfare initiative she launched this year and is promoting during this week's Africa visit. The first lady has had to grapple with that issue herself, given the multiple women who have accused her husband of sexually inappropriate behaviour, claims he says are false.
When asked in Africa for her thoughts on the sexual assault case against Brett Kavanaugh, who her husband picked for the Supreme Court, she said little more than she is "against any kind of abuse or violence". "I have my own voice and my opinions and it's very important to me that I express how I feel".
She toured indoor and outdoor classrooms, observed lessons and watched some students play soccer with balls she donated.
"Nobody discussed that with me, and I never heard him saying those comments".
Melania Trump in Egypt: the pyramids in the program
"The First Lady did a tremendous job representing our country in Africa - like no one has before", he said in a statement to reporters. That being said, it seems like she is sick and exhausted of people worrying about her wardrobe.
Pairing tanned riding trousers with a simple white collared shirt, the first lady topped off her outfit with colonial-era headwear - a white pith helmet, according to Harper's Bazaar.
Trump had earlier received a warm welcome from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his wife, Entissar, at the presidential palace in Cairo before she headed to visit the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx.
The low-key tour came to an end as her husband was set to score a big political win after days of acrimonious deadlock inside and outside the Senate over his Supreme Court pick.
In Lilongwe, Malawi, her motorcade passed a sign that read "Welcome to Malawi".
"Thank you for what you do and taking care of them", Trump told the orphanage's staff after learning more about the facility and the circumstances that brought numerous young children and babies to it.
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