Oh The Irony! Melania Trump Plans A Visit To Africa After President Trump's January "Shithole Countries" Reference
August 23, 2018 09:58 By Fabiosa
US First Lady Melania Trump is planning a solo tour of Africa in October 2018. In a statement made available to the Associated Press on Monday, she said she was looking forward to learning about issues plaguing children on the continent, while learning about the diverse cultures.
No specific dates for the trip were included in the statement. However, the First Lady indicated that she would not be visiting Africa with President Donald Trump:
This will be my first time traveling to Africa, and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history.
In January 2018, President Donald Trump faced intense criticism for disparaging remarks he allegedly made about some African countries and Haiti he termed “shithole countries.” After the new broke, representatives of the White House scrambled frantically to deny the allegations, insisting that the President had not used the exact words to describe the countries in question.
It is quite ironic that the First Lady has decided to visit Africa which as a continent is home to some of the countries her husband referred to.
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
....countries which are doing badly. I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs. I want to fund our military, not do a Dem defund....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Twitter takes up arms
Meanwhile, Americans have not forgotten, and some are calling out both Melania Trump and the President for the planned trip. Is her journey to Africa an attempt by the Trump administration to diffuse tensions, both home and abroad?
Melania Trump is off to Africa. No word on whether the First Lady will go to the "shithole countries" the President spoke of. https://t.co/d1YXJcvTUn— Charles Croucher (@ccroucher9) August 20, 2018
First Lady Trump to visit #Africa alone. Says she’s “excited to educate myself on issues facing children throughout continent, while learning about its rich culture and history”. No word yet on countries— Victoria Uwonkunda (@Msuwonkunda) August 20, 2018
“Sh*thole countries” shall remain unmentioned 🤭🤫 https://t.co/VGkEU0zpTQ
This is very Africa is not a country https://t.co/82K97fW5Z2— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) August 20, 2018
Guess she really DOESN'T care abt the 600 kids still missing in the US!— QUIT FACEBOOK (@SkeptiCatz) August 21, 2018
Well at least she's away from him for awhile! With any luck maybe she'll come back with a better husband 😱— Jacqueline Reidpath (@amierakae) August 20, 2018
SO! She's VACATIONING in Africa . . . is she going to wear her green safari jacket that says "I don't care . . ."— vermor (@vmori323) August 20, 2018
With relations between the President and his wife being far from stellar for the past months, other commentators have suggested Melania Trump is taking time off to detox in Africa. One thing is certain: The First Lady is unlikely to escape members of the press asking her position on the allegations made against President Donald Trump.