US First Lady Melania Trump has kicked off her tour in Kenya by visiting an elephant orphanage at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
It may not have been the most glaring faux pas the hyper-scrutinized Trump has ever made.
She was briefed on the children living at the house for babies.
"Mrs Trump has done her best to soften the image of an administration known for its sharp elbows, and of a president who outraged many Africans with his disparaging remarks", the report said. She arrived in Kenya late Thursday for a series of events on Friday before she continues on to Egypt, her final stop.
The criticism was not universal. As CNN reporter Kate Bennett tweeted, a small group of protesters - who may or may not have been Americans living near the US embassy - held up signs with #MeToo-inspired slogans as Trump drove past.
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After an outdoor book reading session, she was encircled by the same children she led up the driveway as they sang and danced some more. "It's exhausted and it's old and it's inaccurate".
The event was to "highlight friendly U.S. -Malawi relations" and the pair's "shared interest in helping children and, in particular, helping girls in school", according to the White House. "Meeting those children and understanding their different way of life is why I wanted to travel here", Mrs Trump said.
As Miliam sat sounding out letters and words, Trump sat with her hands clasped and smiled as she watched the group.
"The president's budget for the last two years running has proposed 30, 40 even 50 percent cuts in the kind of programs that she is going to be seeing", Hart said. She emerged without a smudge.
Afterwards she donned a white hat and took a short safari in Nairobi National Park, passing by zebras, giraffes and other animals.