Melania Trump opens Africa tour with wave and baby in arms

After Donald Trump's derogatory comment, his wife Melania visits Africa

Mrs Trump was snapped looking contented during a trip to Cape Coast Castle, a former slave trading fort in Ghana Wednesday.

Before proceeding to the slave castle, she visited the palace of the head chief of the area and obtained royal approval to visit the fortress after US officials presented a gift of drinks to the chiefs. "The dungeons that I saw, it's really something that people should see and experience", she said after she was asked to reflect on the visit.

Meanwhile, First Lady Getrude Mutharika returns home Wednesday in time to welcome the US Firs Lady. She spent about 10 minutes inside the dark, cramped dungeon where male slaves were housed.

"Thank you very much", she said with a smile.

Mrs. Trump arrived at the castle after an approximately 2 1/2-hour early morning drive from Accra, the capital city, where she has stayed since opening her first extended worldwide trip as first lady on Tuesday. Other stops include Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. Then-President Barack Obama and his family toured the castle in 2009.

In August of this year, Melania re-wore a $1,280 striped shirt dress by designer Adam Lippes, having first stepped out in the number back in March during a visit to Palm Beach's St. Mary's Medical Center, where she delivered Easter baskets to young children.

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"Her trip will focus on maternal and newborn care in hospitals, education for children, the deep culture and history woven into each African country, and how the United States is supporting each country on its journey to self-reliance", the White House said before she left.

Mrs Trump waves next to Ghana's First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo during a visit to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra, Ghana, on October 2, 2018.

Earlier the first lady visited Emintsimadze Palace for a formal welcoming ceremony.

Mrs. Trump's final event of the first day in Africa was a private tea with Ghanaian first lady Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House, the presidential palace.

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The US First Lady cuddled some babies at the hospital, before also donating a phototherapy machine, teddy bears and assorted baby items.

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