Melania Trump feeds baby elephants as Kenya visit begins

Melania Trump's scary moment with a baby elephant in Nairobi

She fed formula to two of the elephants that are being raised at the park and reached out to others, patting one's back and stroking the ear of another.

Melania read a story to the same group of children with applauses as another child read a story about the "lion and the mouse".

USA first lady Melania Trump looks on as she visits a school in Lilongwe, Malawi, October 4, 2018.

Photos show her warmly greeting Ghanaian officials, hugging babies and giving out teddy bears and blankets with her slogan knitted in the red, white and blue colours of the American flag.

The visit to the elephant orphanage followed talks between the two first ladies held at the White House in August this year where Mrs Kenyatta outlined her conservation efforts in Kenya.

Melania Trump arrives in Malawi, 2nd stop on her Africa tour

USA first lady Melania Trump embarked on her first solo trip to Africa and is set to visit Ghana and Malawi as her first two stops along her five-day, four country trip.

Her husband on Thursday tweeted: "Our country's great First Lady, Melania, is doing really well in Africa". The elephant seemed to come at her in a playful way, however, and after momentarily losing her balance, Trump laughed off the brief incident.

The Trump administration recently made a decision to again allow Americans to import the body parts of African elephants shot for sport. Malawi's education minister said the partnership had "significantly" improved student literacy. His administration has moved to lift a ban on some elephant trophy imports. Trump's adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, are trophy hunters. Trump has twice tried unsuccessfully to slash USAID's budget by a third.

The national park is where 105 tonnes of ivory have been burned to discourage the trade. "#NOTAS-HOLE!" when she arrived in Melawi.

The New York Times noted Mrs Trump spent much of her time expressing her appreciation to her hosts, repeatedly thanking them for welcoming her. Mrs. Trump is the first United States First Lady to visit Malawi.




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