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Melania Trump recycles $595 Veronica Beard jacket in Ghana

Melania Trump recycles $595 Veronica Beard jacket in Ghana”

A regional minister asked permission on the first lady's behalf to visit the historic castle, as is a cultural formality in Ghana.

Former President Barack Obama and his family toured the castle in 2009. "There are a lot of people (in Ghana) who are extremely indifferent about this visit", political commentator Etse Sikanku told AFP.

She arrived in the West African nation of Ghana after an overnight flight from Washington and quickly made her way to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.

Trump also cradled an infant and declared the baby a "beautiful boy" as she handed him back to his mother.

She calls Wednesday's visit to Cape Coast Castle "very emotional" and says the castle is "really something that people should see and experience".

Obama -whose photo now adorns the wall of a hall renamed in his honor - said at the time that the cells were a reminder that "sometimes we can tolerate and stand by great evil even as we think that we are doing good".

On her four-country, week-long tour of Africa, Trump is aiming to cast a more positive light on her embattled husband's administration and its "America First" agenda.

Trump's tour of Africa may well be meant to help heal some wounds caused by her husband, who once reportedly referred to Haiti and some African nations as "shitholes" during a meeting on immigration back in January.

The former model did not make a speech but those who met her said afterwards that unlike her mysterious public image she was "warm" and "gentle" in the flesh. She walked through the infamous "Door of No Return".

Overall, there were doubts the visit would radically alter existing ties.

"It's really, really touching", she said.

Melania was clearly very fond of last year's look, because she paired the jacket with a near-identical ensemble for her trip to Cape Coast Castle, a former slave trading fort that is located around 90 miles from the Ghanaian capital of Accra.

Mrs Trump and Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady of Ghana, watch traditional dancers during an arrival ceremony after landing at Kotoka International Airport in Accra October 2, 2018.

She then donned it again the following day before going to visit a local children's hospital, where she spent time meeting some of the patients.



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