Me­la­nia Trump puts on hap­pier face dur­ing Africa tour

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - Obituaries/ News -

It took Me­la­nia Trump’s first big solo in­ter­na­tional trip for her to show a dif­fer­ent side of her­self — a play­ful, less se­ri­ous one.

And while she gen­er­ously dished out warm smiles and happy waves, the first lady also used her four- na­tion tour of Africa to draw some firmer bound­aries be­tween her own views and those of her hus­band the pres­i­dent.

“I don’t al­ways agree with what he says and I tell him that,” the first lady told re­porters Sat­ur­day against the back­drop of the Great Sphinx be­fore she headed back to Wash­ing­ton. “But I have my own voice and my own opin­ions and it’s very im­por­tant for me that I ex­press what I feel.”

The U. S. first lady hop­scotched across Africa with­out Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, com­mand­ing a spot­light that was hers alone. In do­ing her own thing, the very pri­vate first lady essen­tially peeled back the cur­tain ever so slightly as she wiped away the se­ri­ous face she wears around Wash­ing­ton.

She demon­strated her in­de­pen­dence from her hus­band in ways large and small — like talk­ing up U. S. for­eign aid that he’s tried to slash and ig­nor­ing the Fox- only edict that the pres­i­dent im­poses on TV screens when he’s aboard Air Force One.

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