Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Melania Trump recycles $595 Veronica Beard jacket in Ghana

Melania Trump recycles $595 Veronica Beard jacket in Ghana

Mrs Trump was snapped looking contented during a trip to Cape Coast Castle, a former slave trading fort in Ghana Wednesday.

Mrs. Trump spent 10 minutes inside the cramped male slave dungeon.

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

Mrs Trump arrived at the castle after an approximately 2 1/2-hour early morning drive from Accra, the capital city, where she has stayed since opening her first extended worldwide trip as first lady on Tuesday.

Addressing the issue of open defecation around the castle beach, the Chief said the issue is being dealt with from different angles. It's also her first visit to Africa.

"When these visits happen, it makes you feel important and hence live up to that standard", and makes Cape Coast important to the rest of the world.

"I will never forget [the] incredible experience and the stories I heard".

Peering though the archway, Trump paused for a moment before laying a wreath near a dungeon door.

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Former President Barack Obama and his family toured the castle in 2009.

The US First Lady arrived in the country on Tuesday, and was met by a government delegation, led by Ghana's very own First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

Melania did make one change to the look however; having chosen to pop the collar of the jacket for her visit to the military base a year ago, the first lady opted to wear it down in a more conservative style while touring the castle.

Melania Trump embraces Lillian Naa Adai Sai, 8, as she receives flowers.

Ahead of her trip, Mrs Trump said that she was looking forward to seeing how the USA can continue working together with Malawi to support a USAid programme that is focussed on children's education.

The first ladies met privately for about a half-hour at Jubilee House, Ghana's presidential palace.

They are characterized by what was referred to as a "door of no return" - an archway on the seaboard side of the castle which slaves were forced to walk through to be lowered onto boats and taken to cargo ships.

Trump is also scheduled to visit Kenya, Malawi, and Egypt where she will discuss her Be Best campaign to raise awareness of cyberbullying.

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