Melania Trump puts on happier face during Africa tour
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.
First lady Melania Trump talks to the media as she visits the ancient statue of the Sphinx at the historic Giza Pyramids site near Cairo, Egypt on Saturday. Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip.