United States first lady, Melania Trump left Ghana on Thursday, spent the day meeting school children in Malawi, before leaving for Kenya, the third leg of her Africa trip.

But according to reports congress members have essentially ignored those requests.

A batch of 1.4 million books donated Thursday brought to almost 10 million the total Malawi has received in recent years under USAID's national reading program, officials said.

The White House said Malawi was chosen because of the high poverty rate and the difficulties children-especially girls-have in accessing education.

But the Trump administration sought a roughly 30 per cent cut in funding for the State Department and USAID in its first two budgets. To say her visit didn't get off to a warm start would be an understatement.

The soccer balls bore the logo for her anti-bullying campaign "Be Best", which has been accused of being a rip-off of one of forever first lady Michelle Obama's initiatives.

She went directly to Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe, where she watched teachers carry out lessons to help the students learn English and the Chichewa language.

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The school is struggling with only 75 teachers looking after around 8,000 enrolled children. With just 22 classrooms, many students are forced to take their lessons outdoors, seated shoulder to shoulder in their uniforms on loose, red dirt. Her own 12-year-old son attends a private school in Maryland.

According to her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, the focus of Melania's tour, which also includes trips to Kenya and Egypt, is humanitarian efforts, specifically those funded by United States government aid, and those that work to better the lives of children. "We want his wife to see it that Africans needs global aid particular on reproductive health which Trump cut which is affecting women and young girls negatively", says Racheal working in health sector in Malawi.

And two other white people had a "welcome to Malawi # notashithole!" sign.

One woman's sign said #MELANIATOO, with the "ME" in bold black. Another said "Welcome to Malawi".

The President of Ghana (where Melania will also stop on the trip), Nana Akufo-Addo, criticised the reported comments at the time, calling them "extremely unfortunate". Many children still have not been reunited with their families.

"I think she's kind and nice".


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