Accra — Melania Trump cuddled a baby, handed out teddy bears and beamed smiles on her first day in Africa on Tuesday, kicking off a four-country visit and receiving a warm welcome on a continent her husband once referred to derisively. The US first lady touched down at mid-morning in Ghana's capital, Accra, where she was greeted by her counterpart, Ghana′s first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and a young girl who offered her flowers. A welcoming ceremony of drums and dancing by men and women dressed in traditional attire followed. Trump clapped her hands for the performers and waved at a group of schoolchildren who had gathered for her at the airport.

The trip is Trump's first major solo outing abroad as first lady. She has accompanied President Donald Trump on foreign visits, but she chose Africa for her first  trip alone. She will visit Kenya, Malawi and Egypt before returning to the US  at the end of the week. Her immediate predecessor, Michelle Obama, also made a solo trip to t...

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