United States First Lady Melania Trump is planning her first big solo international swing with a trip through several African countries in October.
Mrs Trump said in a written statement Monday that she’s looking forward to learning about the issues that children living on the continent face, as well as appreciating Africa’s history and culture.
This comes in the wake of her launch of a U.S.-based effort focused on the well-being of children.
Mrs Trump plans to travel without President Donald Trump, who was roundly criticized earlier this year after his private comment about “shithole countries” in Africa was leaked to journalists.
“This will be my first time traveling to Africa and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history,” the first lady said in the statement.
“We are a global society and I believe it is through open dialogue and the exchanging of ideas that we have a real opportunity to learn from one another.”
She added that she also looks forward to highlighting successful humanitarian work and development programs underway in the African countries.
The swing through Africa will be the farthest Mrs. Trump has traveled on her own since becoming first lady in January 2017.
Her only other solo international trip came last September, when she flew to Toronto for a day and joined Britain’s Prince Harry for an Olympic-style athletic competition he established for wounded service members and veterans.