What Melania’s trip to Africa says about US foreign policy under Trump

First lady Melania Trump has wrapped up her first solo trip to Africa, where she made stops in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt — a subtle rejection of her husband’s nationalist and xenophobic worldview.

The point of Trump’s tour was to highlight all the ways US foreign aid is helping children in the developing world. But that goal was often overshadowed by media reports of her cringeworthy fashion choices, and few US news outlets paid much attention to what exactly she was trying to do on the continent, or why her visit mattered.

On the surface, such a trip is hardly out of the ordinary. Past presidents and first ladies have often visited Africa, and the United States has a long history of sending foreign aid to African nations and supporting democracy around the world.

But that is…

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