First Lady Melania Trump has been in Africa cleaning up one of her husband’s most atrocious messes. As much goodwill as she has generated with her four-country tour, the people she visited were wary, given Donald Trump’s callous comments about the whole continent. Those who greeted her were not unanimously happy to see her.
En route between the school to the U.S. ambassador to Malawi’s home, some of the people protested. They held up signs, such as one that a couple held reading, according to The New York Times:
‘Welcome to Malawi. #NOTASHITHOLE!’
In a meeting with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durban (D-IL) to discuss protecting immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, and African countries, POTUS crudely referred to non-white immigrants, according to The Washington Post:
‘Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?’
Instead, Trump thought the U.S. should import people from other countries, such as Norway. Clearly, the commander-in-chief was referring to white immigrants.
Another sign along Mrs. Trump’s route referred to the U.S. president’s “zero tolerance” immigration plan. This cruel plan landed thousands of immigrant children in cages, separated from parents seeking asylum. This sign read:
’69 Days Past the Deadline to Reunite Families.’
A boisterous welcome at the airport including a women’s dancing troupe and many schoolchildren, who were holding Malawian and African flags. Melania Trump visited a school for young children in Malawi. The U.S. had already contributed to it, but with over 8,500 students, the kids had to learn in outdoor classrooms, sitting in the dirt.
That was not the only outdoor school the first lady saw. She also visited the Chipala Primary School located in the capital Malawi, Lilongwe. This school also received assistance, including texts, from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The U.S. president’s wife attended a ceremony where the U.S. ambassador donated 1.4 million books to the country as part of the U.S. national reading program. Thus far, Malawi has been the recipient of 9.6 million textbooks through the program.
The first lady said:
‘I wanted to be here to see the successful programs that (the) United States is providing the children and thank you for everything you’ve done.’
Later, the first lady commented about her visit to the children. She said she wanted to experience “their different way of life” and hand out soccer balls and tote bags emblazoned with her primary program “Be Best.” Melania Trump began the children’s well-being initiative earlier this year. She said:
‘Meeting those children and understanding their different way of life is why I wanted to travel here,’I was heartened to spend time with the students and was honored to donate school supplies and soccer balls.’
At each of Mrs. Trump’s stop, the women ululated, which is a southern African women’s sound of celebration.
Her husband tweeted earlier in the day:
‘Our country’s great First Lady, Melania, is doing really well in Africa. The people love her, and she loves them! It is a beautiful thing to see.’
The Trump administration had actually attempted to slash the USAID’s funding by 30 percent. Fortunately, there was bipartisan opposition to this actions.
The first lady’s African tour included Malawi, Ghana, Kenya, and Egypt.
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