Melania Trump loses footing with elephant, but not with kids

Melania Trump being educated at the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana

US First Lady Melania Trump on Friday had a short-lived adrenaline moment while visiting an elephant orphanage at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Children living at The Nest in Nairobi greeted her with singing and dancing, and it didn't take long before the typically reserved USA first lady gave in to the moment.

Mrs Trump has been received by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and former United States ambassador Robert Godec at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport this evening. After having tea with Kenyatta on Friday she attended a children's dance performance at the National Theater in Nairobi. She has posed for photos with babies and children, often murmuring the same things at each stop - "Beautiful!" and "Hi, guys!" - while holding their hands or waving at the cameras. Here the two were seen feeding the orphaned baby elephants. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari.

Many people on social media said the Slovenian-born former model had more rhythm than they expected.

"We want [Melania Trump] to see it that Africans needs global aid particularly on reproductive health which Trump cut, which is affecting women and young girls negatively", Pope told the local Maravi Post.

"No child in this country is without a book", Malawi's Education Minister Bright Msaka told the first lady.

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Donald Trump had earlier in an infamous comment referred to African nations as "shithole countries".

She is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo worldwide trip as first lady.

Mrs. Trump's visit includes promoting the work of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the funding of which President Donald Trump has twice proposed slashing by almost a third.

The first lady also stopped at a site where ivory burns take place - a conservationist effort meant to discourage the ivory trade.

The elephant park was said to be her favourite part of the trip. His administration has moved to lift a ban on some elephant trophy imports.

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