Melania Trump Embarks on Her Solo Tour of 'Several African Countries'—Twitter Reacts
The first lady arrived in Ghana this morning, and folks aren't enthused.
In August, it was announced that first lady, Melania Trump would be making her way to "several countries in Africa" as her first solo tour since that man she married took office, to supposedly promote healthcare and education programs ran by US foreign aid organizations.
She touched down in Accra, Ghana this morning, the first stop on her week-long tour of the continent, which will also includes stops in Kenya, Malawi and Egypt where she'll go to "foster diplomatic relations," BBC Africa reports. She was welcomed by first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo and the two exchanged gifts, adds ABC News.
She'll also be implementing her Be Best program aimed at tackling cyberbullying, which is just really ironic considering she lives with the biggest cyberbully in the world. It's also strange that we're somehow supposed to believe that someone complicit in Trump's baleful treatment of immigrant children in the United States would care about African children.
Nonetheless, the first lady says she's "interested in Africa because she has never been before and knows that each country will have its own unique history and culture."
We are taking off for #Africa! So looking forward to visiting #Ghana #Malawi #Kenya & #Egypt as I take #BeBest int… https://t.co/r84chBYVje— Melania Trump (@Melania Trump) 1538430713.0
There's an overall sense of skepticism around her trip and her motivations—and rightfully so. Given the administration she represents, her trip does not appear promising.
BBC News Africa recently collected reactions to her visit from people on the ground, and they were mostly unenthusiastic with the exception of few. Check it out below to hear what folks from Ghana, Egypt and Kenya had to say.
As Melania Trump arrives in Africa for her big solo tour, we asked locals of the countries she plans to visit what… https://t.co/yMo1XCOQOP— BBC News Africa (@BBC News Africa) 1538371244.0
Many folks on Twitter have shared similar feelings about Melania's visit. They're not here for it.
It’s confirmed that Melania Trump will be taking a 5 day, 4 night trip to Africa, the same continent of countries t… https://t.co/P9Cw9prx4N— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila) 1538428842.0
@washingtonpost Sorry But Melania Trip is a Bust. Her Husband has herded thousands of Migrants children in a tent c… https://t.co/ipE1Moh00P— Michelle Smith (@Michelle Smith) 1538484853.0
Between Melania’s vague trip to Africa and the Trump administration nominating a handbag designer for ambassador to… https://t.co/WknxTY8Koi— Karen Attiah (@Karen Attiah) 1538424925.0
Melania Trump's choice words about Africa were probably written for her by a staffer and reflect the almost immutab… https://t.co/woYLhKtgqb— Howard French (@Howard French) 1538426200.0
Melania Trump in Africa is obscene! It looks phony, staged and insincere. So pissed, im imagining all the disgusti… https://t.co/ThnH5sXCQO— Tara Sanders (@Tara Sanders) 1538484989.0
Melania Trump is in Africa right now. This is gonna be good. https://t.co/xrNjPHl5me— Shae Butter 🖤📷 (@Shae Butter 🖤📷) 1538484741.0
I don't have a problem with Melania Trump visiting African nations. Many First Ladies have done so. What sets Melan… https://t.co/7czOdS1XRY— nicki 🌊 (@nicki 🌊) 1538484171.0
She wants to start an anti-bullying campaign, but could walk across the White House & take her husband’s phone. N… https://t.co/dIKqYMp0Z5— David Yankovich (@David Yankovich) 1538432510.0
People are also pointing out the weird
conspiracy coincidence that Kanye West also announced that he'll be taking a trip to "the place known as Africa" to finish his upcoming album the same week that Melania embarked on hers.
First Melania, now Kanye. What did Africa can do to deserve this?!— Abdel Halloway (@Abdel Halloway) 1538484000.0