Melania Trump leaves President Donald Trump for solo trip to Africa
- Author: Gwendolyn Kim Oct 04, 2018,
Oct 04, 2018, 3:41
While in Africa on her first global solo trip as first lady, Melania Trump visited a historic former slave holding facility in Ghana, calling the experience "very emotional".
The First Lady later toured the Cape Coast Castle mostly known as a key landmark for slavery in Ghana.
They are characterized by what was referred to as a "door of no return" - an archway on the seaboard side of the castle which slaves were forced to walk through to be lowered onto boats and taken to cargo ships.
She calls Wednesday's visit to Cape Coast Castle "very emotional" and "really something that people should see and experience". Then-President Barack Obama brought his family in July 2009. Obama said it was a reminder of "the capacity of human beings to commit great evil". The couple have denied speculation that their marriage is in trouble (Picture: Getty) Mrs Trump has spent long periods out of the spotlight, after claims of her husband's 2006 fling with porn star Stormy Daniels reemerged earlier this year (Picture: Reuters) Melania broke with tradition by traveling to her husband's State of the Union address alone in January.
Before proceeding to the slave castle, she visited the palace of the head chief of the area and obtained royal approval to visit the fortress after presenting drinks to the chiefs.
"It's really, really touching", she said.
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Trump laid a wreath near the "Door of No Return", which leads to the ocean. "With love, Melania Trump". Her five-day, four-nation tour will also include stops in Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.
They exchanged gifts: a Chippendale silver tray embossed with an image of the White House inside a leather case signed by "First Lady Melania Trump" for Akufo-Addo, and Kente cloth and artifacts for Mrs. Trump, according to her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham.
However, the king of the Emintsimadze Palace felt it was wrong, inviting students of the school for deaf and blind to be part of Melania's historic moments in Cape Coast.
Melania Trump, the First Lady of the United States of America and wife to Donald Trump will leave Ghana on Thursday, October 4, 2018.