First lady talks Trump, Twit­ter while vis­it­ing pyra­mids

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WORLD - By Dar­lene Su­perville

CAIRO — Me­la­nia Trump says she has, at times, told the pres­i­dent to put his phone down. And she says she doesn’t al­ways agree with what he tweets.

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

Stand­ing in front of the Sphinx, the first lady said she makes her opin­ions clear with her hus­band.

“I don’t al­ways agree what he tweets,” she said in a rare, un­scripted in­ter­ac­tion with re­porters. “And I tell him that. I give him my hon­est opin­ion and hon­est ad­vice. And some­times he lis­tens and some­times he doesn’t. But I have my own voice and my opin­ions and it’s very im­por­tant for me that I ex­press what I feel.”

As for whether she’s ever told him to put his phone down, she said, “yes,” with a laugh.

Mrs. Trump ar­rived in Cairo on Sat­ur­day af­ter a flight from Kenya. She met with Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del-Fat­tah el-Sissi and his wife, En­tis­sar Mo­hameed Amer, be­fore head­ing to the nearby city of Giza to see the pyra­mids and Sphinx to high­light U.S.-backed preser­va­tion ef­forts.

The U.S. Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment has been work­ing with the Egyp­tian govern­ment for the past sev­eral years on a project to lower ground­wa­ter lev­els to pre­vent ad­di­tional dam­age to the land­marks. Sa­line con­tent in the wa­ter can erode their foun­da­tions.

The first lady de­scribed her tour, which took her to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt, as “amaz­ing” and said she hoped peo­ple would talk more about her visit and less about her fash­ion choices.

“That’s very im­por­tant what I do, what we’re do­ing with U.S. aid and what I do with my ini­tia­tives, and I wish peo­ple would fo­cus on what I do, not what I wear,” she said.

Her out­fit choices have drawn at­ten­tion, as when she wore a jacket that read “I RE­ALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” dur­ing a trip to visit mi­grant chil­dren who had been sep­a­rated from their fam­i­lies at the United States’ south­ern bor­der.

Carolyn Kaster The As­so­ci­ated Press

First lady Me­la­nia Trump on Sat­ur­day vis­its the pyra­mids in Giza, near Cairo. She is wrap­ping up a four-coun­try tour of Africa.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.