WASHINGTON—Melania Trump will journey to Africa in October for her first main solo worldwide journey as first girl, her workplace mentioned Monday.
In a press release, Mrs. Trump mentioned she was “excited to coach myself on the problems dealing with youngsters all through the continent, whereas additionally studying about its wealthy tradition and historical past.”
She mentioned she would search to highlight the “profitable humanitarian work and improvement applications” being applied within the international locations she visits.
A spokeswoman for Mrs. Trump didn’t say which African international locations the primary girl would go to or provide the precise dates for her journey.
Mrs. Trump has usually accompanied President Trump on international journeys, together with a weeklong swing by Europe final month, however has traveled on her personal largely domestically for the reason that inauguration.
The journey was reported earlier on Monday by the Related Press.
The primary girl’s alternative of Africa as a vacation spot is notable following the controversy Mr. Trump ignited this yr when he questioned why the U.S. would admit individuals from “shithole international locations” in Africa, a transfer that roiled discussions over a bipartisan Senate deal to guard younger undocumented immigrants. Asking why the U.S. would need to admit individuals from Africa, the supply of many diversity-lottery candidates, throughout an immigration assembly with lawmakers, Mr. Trump mentioned: “We should always have individuals from locations like Norway,” in keeping with individuals briefed on the assembly.
Mrs. Trump’s spokeswoman mentioned the primary girl “selected Africa after studying about among the profitable improvement applications underneath method in lots of the international locations, which incorporates investments the U.S. has made in youngsters’s well being and schooling.”
Mrs. Trump’s actions as first girl have usually appeared disconnected from her husband’s habits within the first yr and a half of the Trump administration. Earlier this yr, she formally launched a program known as “Be Finest,” aimed toward decreasing cyberbullying on social media. At an occasion on Monday, Mrs. Trump known as for adults to set an instance for youngsters on “profitable and protected on-line habits”—simply as her husband was taking to Twitter to lambaste John Brennan, a frequent critic of his, because the “worst CIA director in our nation’s historical past.”
Stephanie Grisham, Mrs. Trump’s communications director, mentioned the primary girl was “conscious of the criticism” however that it “is not going to deter her from doing what she feels is true.”