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First lady Melania Trump said she will spend time at her events speaking with women and children (Susan Walsh/AP)

First lady Melania Trump said she will spend time at her events speaking with women and children (Susan Walsh/AP)

First lady Melania Trump said she will spend time at her events speaking with women and children (Susan Walsh/AP)

Melania Trump has announced her first foreign trip as first lady of the United States.

Mrs Trump is accompanying President Donald Trump on his inaugural overseas trip, a four-country, five-stop tour that begins on Friday.

The Trumps will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium, and the trip includes an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

The first lady is joining the president for some events, but will participate in other events on her own.

The White House is not releasing a comprehensive itinerary for Mrs Trump, citing security concerns.

Mrs Trump, a native of the central European nation of Slovenia, said she will spend time at her events speaking with women and children.

The Trumps are scheduled to return to Washington on May 27.

AP

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