Melania Trump opens Africa tour in Ghana with baby weighing

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First Lady Melania Trump is on her big solo trip to Africa this week - and one of her first stops Tuesday morning was at a hospital in Accra, Ghana where she handed out blankets and teddy bears to new mothers.

Children carry flags as they greet USA first lady Melania Trump on arrival in Accra, Ghana, on October 2, 2018.

The US first lady was welcomed by the First Lady of Ghana Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo with traditional drummers and dancers at the Kotoka International Airport in the capital, Accra. She also watched a nurse demonstrate how vitamins are administered to babies by mouth and toured the neonatal intensive care unit.

The women met for the first time at the UN General Assembly last month at which President Trump railed against globalism, earning him stern rebukes from world leaders.

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The first lady is visiting Africa on her first big solo global trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour.

The first lady will promote the "Be Best" initiative which covers issues of children's well-being during her tour.

The first lady then greeted Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the first lady of Ghana, at the foot of a red carpet rolled out on the tarmac.

Her husband, Donald Trump, caused anger in January when he reportedly disparaged some African states and Haiti as "shithole countries". The first lady will also highlight the role Washington plays in helping each country, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which helped to coordinate the trip. "Africa is so handsome, the most lovely part of the world, in many ways", he added.

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