White House Announces Major Plans for First Lady — Will She Get Hit with Criticism?

Melania Trump's solo trip will take place in October — 'I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent'

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The office of first lady Melania Trump revealed this week that she will be making her first trip to Africa in October. She plans to educate herself on issues facing that continent’s children — while highlighting the successful humanitarian work underway there, The Wall Street Journal and other outlets reported.

“This will be my first time traveling to Africa, and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history,” Mrs. Trump said of the trip in an Associated Press report on the developments.

“We are a global society and I believe it is through open dialogue and the exchanging of ideas that we have a real opportunity to learn from one another.”

“I look forward to highlighting the successful humanitarian work and development programs being done in many of the countries,” she continued.

This solo trip is already provoking some internet chatter, shall we say.

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Mrs. Trump has traveled with her husband, President Donald Trump, to many countries in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Over a year ago Mrs. Trump took her first solo international trip to Toronto to attend the Invictus Games — an athletic event hosted by Britain’s Prince Harry.

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The first lady will visit several countries during her time on the continent, but the specific countries and exact dates have yet to be announced.

Melania Trump has made the well-being and health of children the focus of her Be Best campaign, which was unveiled in May, to “champion the many successful well-being programs that provide children with the tools and skills required for emotional, social and physical health,” according to the initiative’s website.

Just recently, she held a summit in Maryland on the problems of cyberbullying — and was heavily criticized for that as well. “Let’s face it: Most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults, but we still need to do all we can to provide them with information and tools for successful and safe online habits,” she said during that event.

As LifeZette reported, it wasn’t a stretch to guess what happened after the first lady made those remarks. She was promptly bullied by people on social media who refuse to see her as separate from her husband — who often uses Twitter to call others out and to explain policy decisions.

The first lady also talked about the goals of the Be Best campaign during her remarks.

“In today’s global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children’s daily lives. It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly. This is why Be Best chooses to focus on the importance of teaching our next generation how to conduct themselves safely and in a positive manner in an online setting,” she said.

See more about the first lady’s plans in the video below — then check out some of the additional comments already posted on Twitter.

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