Melania Trump Visiting Africa, a Continent Freighted With History for Her Husband

“The harder things get for their husbands, the more they want to leave,” she said.

Katherine Jellison, a professor at Ohio University who studies first ladies, said Mrs. Trump was unlikely to make any sort of foreign policy moves on behalf of the Trump administration. And she will most likely be one well shielded from any demonstrators or people who are unhappy with Mr. Trump.

“I think they will work very hard to make sure that she is encountering people who are sympathetic and will give her a sympathetic meeting or greeting,” Ms. Jellison said. “This is just kind of standard operating procedure when first ladies make these kind of solo trips.”

Planning for the trip began in earnest last year. The Secret Service whittled down the list of available options for security reasons, and then…

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