Melania Trump tells Donald off when she disagrees with his tweets

Carla Harmon
October 6, 2018

The First Lady has been criticised for choosing to wear a pith hat while on safari in Kenya, after its connections to colonialism.

The helmets were worn by European explorers in Africa in the 19th century before it became "a symbol of status - and oppression".

Many onlookers saw Trump's choice of the pith helmet as a symptom of a larger issue.

The U.S. first lady spoke briefly with reporters today as she was wrapping up a four-country tour of Africa with a visit to the pyramids and the Great Sphinx in Egypt.

The first lady said she gives him her "honest opinions and advice", which President Donald Trump "sometimes listens to".

"We just completed an fantastic trip - we went to Ghana, we went to Malawi, we went to Kenya, here we are in Egypt", Melania told reporters Saturday.

Trump said that her husband's alleged derogatory comment about African countries did not come up on her trip.

At Nairobi National Park on Friday, Trump fed baby elephants and took a safari ride.

Kim Yi Dionne, a political science professor who specialises in African politics at the University of California, Riverside - and a creator of the hashtag - said what looked like a quibble over aesthetics was actually a more substantive criticism of the first lady's understanding of Africa.

In Egypt, tight security was in place across the capital for her visit which comes as security forces face a persistent jihadist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula across the Suez Canal to the northeast.

Even before the pith helmet, Seay had started a hashtag - #FLOTUSInAfricaBingo - to note the ways in which she found that Trump was "fulfilling a lot of stereotypes" on her trip. The people love her, and she loves them!

An hour into her safari ride, Trump adjusted her outfit and climbed out of a vehicle to visit an ivory burn site, where the material has been destroyed to discourage the ivory trade.

Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. "I want to talk about my trip and not what I wear".

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