The first lady landed in the capital of Accra Tuesday morning after departing Washington, D.C., on Monday, as NBC News reported, and was welcomed with dancing, drumming, and excited schoolchildren waving mini USA and Ghanaian flags.
On arrival at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, she was received by the country's First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo. Local women have to pay the equivalent of $2 per sack, so the White House donated a bundle of them to the hospital. While at the hospital, Trump also watched a 6-month-old baby boy get weighed as part of a wellness check.
I'd like to take a moment and thank the First Lady of Ghana for being with us today.
The pair exchanged gifts.
The visit is being organised in partnership with USAID and will involve Ghana and three other countries, which she has described as "four lovely and very different countries in Africa".
She called it "an awareness campaign, dedicated to the most valuable and fragile among us - our children".
Melania Trump's visits will promote "education, healthcare, some conservation and tourism", the statement continued.
Several of the first lady's moves have been interpreted by the media and public as slights toward her husband.
"Africa remains a priority for this administration and I believe the first lady's trip through the continent will showcase just that", she said.
The aid goes towards preventing conflict and violent extremism, supporting democracy, and combating poverty and disease.