Wednesday 23 October 2019

Melania dances with children at orphanage

On safari: US First Lady Melania Trump in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Reuters
On safari: US First Lady Melania Trump in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Reuters

Darlene Superville

Melania Trump sashayed to the beat of African music as she was welcomed to an orphanage in Kenya yesterday.

Children living at The Nest, in Nairobi, greeted her with singing and dancing, and it didn't take long before the typically reserved US first lady gave in to the moment. She walked up a pathway holding hands with two children, then began to sashay to the beat as she approached the building.

She was briefed on the children living at the house for babies. Some of them were abandoned or their parents are incarcerated. She was surrounded by babies either sitting in walkers or lying on their backs beneath play mobiles.

Staff praised her for visiting.

"Thank you for what you do and taking care of them," Ms Trump said, while holding a baby girl originally handed to her wrapped in a blanket bearing the logo of Be Best, the child welfare initiative she launched this year and is promoting during this week's Africa visit.

She returned the girl and kneeled down to lift a boy from a mat, and turned to face the news media with him in her arms.

"Do you see the cameras?" she said to the boy before cradling another baby.

The singing and dancing continued outside, where she read a story to the same group of children who had walked up the pathway with her.

A boy read a story to her in turn.

After the readings, she was encircled by the singing children and they danced some more.

Ms Trump is on her first visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady.

Irish Independent

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