Here's Why Melania Trump's White Hat Is Stirring Controversy

Cheryl Sanders
October 7, 2018

After her tour around the former fort, Trump said, "It's very emotional".

In Malawi, Melania donated millions of textbooks, balls and supplies to the children and teachers of Chipala Primary School, where USAID runs a reading programme.

State House said Melania's visit to Kenya follows a discussion she held with Margaret at White House when the Kenyan First Lady accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta on a visit to Washington DC in August. "It is a attractive thing to see", Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday, 4 October. "Thank you for educating them to "be best" and to grow up into educated adults for generations to come".

Melania has so far visited Ghana, Malawi, and Kenya. The two exchanged gifts, with Trump receiving a Kente cloth and other artifacts.


Mrs Trump signed a guest book at the site.

Trump toured the classroom, as well as helped the children learn English.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump quietly chose to once again allow Americans to import body parts of African elephants shot for sport. "#NOTAS-HOLE!" when she arrived in Melawi. "I know she's moved by what the United States is doing in Malawi", U.S. Ambassador Virginia Palmer told reporters.

The pith helmet has attracted heavy criticism, as the helmets are usually associated with colonial rule across African and considered inappropriate.


The New York Times's Katie Rogers points out that the hat has become a symbol of the exploitation of Africans given its history as part of the uniform of colonialists in the early 19th century.

President Trump himself has no plans to visit Africa, but praised Trump's performance overseas.

With the exception of a striped Celine shirtdress she wore for her arrival in Ghana on Tuesday, the first lady has stayed true to earth tones, neutrals, and animal prints for her 4-country, 5-day journey.

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