‘The nicer of the two Trumps’: Melania’s Africa trip scripted to avoid major stumbles | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

Oct 05, 18
‘The nicer of the two Trumps’: Melania’s Africa trip scripted to avoid major stumbles | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

NAIROBI — First lady Melania Trump went into full tourist mode Friday in Kenya. The garb was “safari casual.” The venue was a sanctuary for baby elephants. The overall effect was photo-friendly, just a tad awkward and without any major gaffes. That also sums up her trip to Ghana, Malawi and Kenya so far after visits to historical sites, schools and orphanages (both elephant and human). It has been low-key, mostly silent and lacking any big stumbles — even as many Africans were left scratching their heads about her choice to come in the first place. Until now, the scant attention on Africa by the White House has been mostly stinging: President Trump’s derogatory comments about its people and one tweet appearing to back invented claims about mass killings of white South African farmers. As she prepares to depart Kenya for the last stop in Egypt, her trip to Africa seems to have left the few that have watched it closely with a pleasant, if vague, impression. “I don’t think the lack of domestic attention in Africa has anything to do with President Trump’s dismissive perceptions about Africa,” said Elijah Munyi, a professor who studies U.S.-Africa relations at U.S.-International University in Nairobi. “I think Melania Trump’s visit is a lot quieter than, say, Michele Obama’s

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