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In Egypt, Melania Trump backs 'highly qualified' Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Hannah Rogers | 06 October, 2018, 22:40

USA first lady Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant milk with a bottle, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

She showed off the very clean, bright, white hat while travelling in an open-air vehicle to see wild animals.

"Pith helmets - so-called because they are made of the material sholapith - were worn by European explorers and imperial administrators in Africa, parts of Asia and the Middle East in the 19th century before being adopted by military officers, rapidly becoming a symbol of status - and oppression", Guardian reported.

Mrs Trump's visit to Africa is focussed on child welfare and education.

First lady Melania Trump looks out over Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya.

Her husband on Thursday tweeted: "Our country's great First Lady, Melania, is doing really well in Africa".

Trump, who has also visited Ghana and Malawi, kicked off her day with a stop at an elephant orphanage, where she helped bottle feed an elephant and patted another, clearly having a good time.

US First Lady Melania Trump held talks in the Egyptian capital Saturday on the final leg of a solo four-nation tour of Africa that will also see her visit the Pyramids.

Ms Trump's focus on wildlife stands in contrast to efforts by her husband to lift a ban on some elephant trophy imports, which created a public outcry past year.

One Twitter user hypothesized the First Lady's outfit was a specific combination.

"We are having funding, so we are helping the countries, and we are working hard for helping them, and we will continue to help", she said. "It's a reflection of her outdated understanding of Africa", wrote Kim Yi Dionne, a writer covering Africa politics.

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 U.S. embassy before heading to the Pyramids of Giza.

Trump then made a brief stop at the heavily-fortified US Embassy in downtown Cairo, driving through streets almost deserted due to a national holiday marking the 45th anniversary of Egypt's 1973 war with Israel. 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.

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