Melania Trump visits former slave outpost in Ghana

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The optics are pretty impeccable, like the $2,300 Celine dress she wore in Accra, but at the same time the Trump administration has proposed cuts to the U.S. Agency for International Development, whose programs will be on prominent display during the first lady's trip.

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump laid a wreath at a 17th-century slave fortress in Ghana on Wednesday, vowing never to forget where Africans were held before being shipped away into further hardship, most across the Atlantic.

Trump was greeted with an "Awkwaaba" (Welcome) sign with a photo of her own likeness and name.

Trump's trip to Africa marks her first global solo journey since becoming first lady. First lady Trump's signature was branded on the leather case that held the tray.

Trump also met with Ghana's first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, at the presidential palace Tuesday.

She was then welcomed by Mr Kwamena Duncan, Central Regional Minister, after which Ms Boakye-Yiadom presented her with the lovely bouquet. Amidst smiles and grins, she was formally introduced her to the Omanhene.

Osabarima Kwesi Atta II also said the fishermen and elders have been asked to look out for people who continue to defecate along the coast.

He expressed joy at her visit, saying it would help to draw the people of Ghana and the United States closer.

She was also seen wearing a pair of her favorite Manolo Blahnik heels first thing in the morning - however she changed out of the sky high pumps and into the low-cost flats by the time she reached the 17th Century castle, no doubt in order to ensure she could enjoy the walking tour without worrying about her feet.

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"Thank you very much for your warm welcome".

While speaking about her experience on Wednesday, the first lady said she was "very emotional" during her visit to the historic site, and described it as something she would "never forget".

".I am sure it will be emotional", she said.

The castle, now a museum, is one of about 40 former slave warehouses along the Ghana coast that are still standing.

He stated that those who attended the ceremony would leave with sweet memories of the visit from the warm interactions, which they would cherish for the rest of their lives.

She called the castle "a special place". There, Mrs. Trump took the time to hand out teddy bears and "Be Best" blankets to moms and their infants.

Trump's trip is expected to include plenty of visits to hospitals, schools and shelters as part of her efforts to focus on the well-being of children.

Trump and Akufo-Addo met at the U.N. General Assembly last week, where Mrs. Trump announced which countries she would visit on her Africa trip, her first major solo trip as first lady.

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