Oh. My. God. You all won’t believe this. Our First Lady Melania Trump is a racist! No, if’s and’s or but’s about it! Of course, I’m being sarcastic. But that is probably how the mainstream liberal media will spin it after they hear the trip she has planned for herself.
First Lady Melania plans to visit Ghana, Malawi, Egypt, and former president Barack Hussein Obama’s native land, Kenya, in her one-week trip which will begin on Monday.
Here is more on this via The Mercury News:
“But Trump’s visit is more fraught than those of her predecessors. During a meeting with lawmakers in January, President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and some African nations as “shithole countries” during a discussion of a proposed bipartisan immigration deal, according to officials who were there. He later denied using such language. Reports had previously circulated that he had questioned why Nigerians in the United States on visas would ever want to return to their “huts.”
“The Trump administration further alienated African nations in March when the president fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when the nation’s top diplomat was only a few days into what was supposed to be a week-long apology trip to the continent. Tillerson missed a day of planned meetings, citing ill health, and ultimately cut the trip short.
“And the most recent perceived insult came earlier this month when Spain’s foreign minister said that Trump had suggested to him building a wall across the Sahara as a way of dealing with Europe’s migration crisis.
“Those comments were taken to mean that Africans should be contained, said Judd Devermont, director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The Trump administration has yet to articulate a comprehensive policy toward Africa, he said, and in the absence of such substance, Trump’s disparaging offhand remarks and tweets have filled the void.
“President Trump, in formal remarks to the General Assembly on Tuesday, did not mention Africa, though on Wednesday morning, he addressed his wife’s upcoming trip. “We love Africa,” he told reporters outside the U.N. headquarters, and called the continent “beautiful – the most beautiful part of the world in many ways.”
“Against the backdrop of such accumulated slights, the trip could put Melania Trump in an awkward spot.
“People will be looking to her to understand the Trump Africa policy, and the burden is on her to counter the narrative,” Devermont said. “That’s a difficult position to be in.”
“Melania Trump, though, may be well positioned smooth things over, said Anita McBride, who was Laura Bush’s chief of staff in the East Wing.
“At the reception Wednesday, the first lady said that at each stop on the African continent, she would focus on programs overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Hinting at her agenda during the trip, Trump mentioned the agency’s work in Ghana to improve health care and nutrition. In Malawi, she noted that USAID has promoted education as a means of combating poverty, and in Kenya, it has projects on early education, wildlife conservation, and HIV prevention.
“Her presence could help soften hard feelings,” McBride said. “Generally, first ladies can represent the American people in a gentler way than a president can, because of the tougher things presidents have to do.”
“Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a former assistant secretary of state who is now a senior counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group, says she thinks African people, particularly the leaders of the countries the first lady visits, are eager to hear from her.
“It will offer her an opportunity to establish her own interests and activities – and her own message that hopefully will play differently from the message that Africans have heard so far from the president,” she said. “I think she will be greeted with respect.”
“The trip could be a significant moment for Melania Trump, who has taken a lower profile than many other first ladies, and whose Be Best initiative has been relatively modest.
“On her visits to Africa, Michelle Obama highlighted her Let Girls Learn initiative at visits to schools and events with young women leaders. Laura Bush focused on efforts to combat AIDS, in line with her husband’s brand of “compassionate conservatism” and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program her husband helped establish in 2002.
“A first lady’s presence abroad is never just about policy, though, McBride notes. “It’s not like a secretary of state going in, where there are bilateral meetings and treaty signings and that sort of thing,” she said. “That’s where a first-lady trip is so valuable. It’s a sign of respect that invariably includes substantive work – shining light on programs – but it also offers the chance to absorb the culture of the country and meet people outside of the official bubble, and that is an important diplomatic move.”
“Also arguing for her success? Melania Trump is better liked than her polarizing husband: The first lady had a 51 percent approval rating vs. President Trump’s 40 percent in a June CNN poll – and 26 percent of those who didn’t approve of the president still had a favorable impression of her.
“Devermont agreed that a first lady bringing attention to programs and initiatives that uplift Africans could help affirm the U.S. commitment to the continent – but he said such soft diplomacy has its limits.
“There is an opportunity to change the narrative, but it’s a particularly deep hole that’s been dug, and that’s why it’s unfair to rest all of that job on her shoulders.’”
It’s interesting how The Mercury News is so slanted. They even go as far as to criticize Melania for not being as vocal or in your face as first ladies such as Hillary or Michelle were. But what they don’t understand is the fact that the typical voter doesn’t vote for a president because of who their spouse is or what that spouse can bring to the table.
The first lady’s only job should be to represent the U.S. And in that regard, Melania Trump accomplishes it second to none.
Of course, because The Mercury News is an extreme left-wing publication… if you don’t believe me look up the last time that newspaper group endorsed a Republican for the office of President… they insist on quoting fake approval numbers and “rumored quotes” from our president.
But the fact still remains that although Melania Trump could have gone anywhere she decided to go to visit Middle Eastern nations. Isn’t it the narrative that our President, and all of us, his supporters, hate anything Middle Eastern? Why would Melania care to go visit nations and people we all despise too much?
I am sure this will be answered by whatever new asinine theory someone still writing for a prehistoric publication like The Mercury News will conjure up. And as always it will be amusing to see what they will invent.
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