Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

First lady talks Trump, Twitter as she tours the pyramids

First lady talks Trump, Twitter as she tours the pyramids

During her whistlestop five-hour stay, the US First Lady was scheduled to visit the Pyramids of Giza and the new National Museum under construction next door.

She laughed as she lost her footing when one baby elephant appeared to storm toward her, and later fed formula to two of the elephants which have been raised in the park.

Melania Trump offered support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday, the last day of her four-country trip to Africa.

It didn't take long for the typically reserved US first lady to dive fully into the moment. A group of children who live at the orphanage and had been waiting for their American visitor broke into song and dance. The first lady was captured taking pictures of animals on her iPhone and peering through binoculars. At that time, President Uhuru Kenyatta met US President Donald Trump. She laughingly said she has told him to put the phone down.

Melania Trump was also asked about any role she has advising her husband and the contrast between her words and actions and those of the president. (In March, NPR's Colin Dwyer reported that the Trump administration lifted a ban on elephant trophy imports).

The First Lady held a one-hour meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his wife at the palace, the longest of her tour, and was then driven to the United States embassy before heading to the Pyramids of Giza.

President Trump has previously sought to slash funding to USAID by as much as 30 percent. As the first lady sat alone in her vehicle, peering through binoculars and shooting photos of zebras, giraffes and impalas on her iPhone, critics were parsing her decision to wear the attention-grabbing white hat. She also visited Ghana and Malawi.

After an outdoor book reading session, she was encircled by the same children she led up the driveway as they sang and danced some more.

But her choice of a white colonial-style pith helmet while on safari drew some criticism on Twitter, with one person comparing her look to that of a "colonial administrator".

In June 2018, the First Lady wore a jacket scribbled "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?". During the ride, she stopped to visit a site where ivory is burned in an effort to discourage the trade of that material.

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