October 2, 2018 / 3:59 AM / 2 months ago

First lady Melania Trump departs on four-country trip to Africa

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Melania Trump departed for Africa on Monday for a four-country trip that serves as her first major solo sojourn abroad on behalf of her husband President Donald Trump’s administration.

Mrs. Trump is scheduled to make stops in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt in a nearly week-long trip to focus on children’s issues. She is due to arrive in Accra on Tuesday.

President Trump has not visited Africa since entering office in 2017, but he has garnered sharp criticism for reportedly referring to immigrants from African countries with a derogatory term.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Toni Reinhold

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