The U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrived in Cairo on Saturday October 6, after a flight from Kenya. Upon arrival at the airport, she was welcomed by Entissar Amer El-Sisi, spouse to Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi who later had discussions with her and the Egyptian President at Ittihadiya Presidential Palace.
In an official statement, Egyptian Presidency Spokesman Bassam Rady said El-Sisi was delighted to receive Mrs Trump and went on to thank her for boosting and supporting the special strategic partnership between the two countries.
Mrs Trump expressed her appreciation and admiration of ancient Egyptian heritage and her respect for the friendship between the two nations.
She emphasised her keeness on working on boosting cooperation across social domains, as an extension of the fruitful partnership between the two countries.
The president discussed with Mrs Trump the government’s efforts in developing the tourism, education and health sectors, as well as paying attention to boosting women’s roles in the community and protecting children’s rights.
El-Sisi praised bilateral cooperation between the two countries, especially through the role of USAID in funding projects in the sectors of health, education and tourism in support of Egypt’s efforts toward economic and social reform to accomplish sustainable and comprehensive development.
The U.S. first lady later proceeded to the nearby city of Giza to see the pyramids and Sphinx to highlight U.S.-backed preservation efforts there. She later spoke briefly with reporters as she was wrapping up her four-country tour of Africa.
Standing in front of the Sphinx, Mrs. Trump said she makes her opinions clear with her husband.
“I don’t always agree what he tweets,” she said in a rare, unscripted interaction with reporters. “And I tell him that. I give him my honest opinion and honest advice. And sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn’t. But I have my own voice and my opinions and it’s very important for me that I express what I feel.”
Trump also praised Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and said she was glad he and his accuser had a chance to be heard following allegations of sexual assault.
“I’m glad that Dr Ford was heard. I’m glad that Judge Kavanaugh was heard, FBI investigation was done – is completed – and (the) Senate voted,” Trump said, referring to psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford who had accused him of sexually assaulting her.
Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations.
Trump declined to say whether she believed Ford.
“We need to help all the victims, no matter what kind of abuse they had,” she said. “I’m against any kind of abuse.”
Before arriving in Egypt, Mrs Trump traveled to Kenya, Malawi and Ghana where she focused on promoting her signature issue of advocating for children with stops at a hospital, primary school, and an orphanage.
The US first lady’s tour to Africa has been part of her BE BEST initiative which focuses on improving the lives of children.
BE BEST is a public awareness campaign promoted by Melania Trump, focusing on well-being for youth and advocating against cyberbullying and drug use, according to the BE BEST website.