This is Mrs. Trump visited the Greater Accra Regional Hospital shortly after arriving in the Ghanaian capital on Tuesday where she passed out blankets and teddy bears to newborn infants and their mothers.
The White House says the first lady will focus on maternal and newborn care in hospitals and education for children, which are key elements of her Be-Best campaign that focuses on child welfare.Mrs. Trump’s visit to Africa comes several months after a public firestorm over reports her husband used a vulgar term to describe the continent.
John Campbell, a senior fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations,says her visit should convince Africans that not all Americans hold such views.The few statements that the president is actually made about Africa have indeed been unfortunate.The trip by the first lady I think will show that Americans, American policy and the administration are all multifaceted, and are considerably more than that two or three tweets.But Judd Devermont, Africa program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says a more important factor will overshadow Melania Trump’s visit to Africa.
Given that this is an extraordinary times with the sense, that the president’s not engaging on Africa and has disparaging views about the continent.I think it has an opportunity to have a positive effect.The bigger question though is that it is taking place when there are questions about what the broader strategy is.And I think that’s going to be difficult for the first lady.The Trump administration called for significant cuts in humanitarian aid programs for Africa in its budget proposals, but those cuts were blocked by Congress. Melania Trump’s American itinerary also includes Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.
Richard Green, VOA news, Washington.