Melania Trump confirms her first big solo trip as first lady, to Africa

ROCKVILLE, MD - AUGUST 20: U.S. first lady Melania Trump attends a Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention summit at the Health Resources and Service Administration August 20, 2018 in Rockville, Maryland. The first lady attended the federal anti-cyber-bullying summit just days after President Donald Trump referred to former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman as a "dog" on Twitter. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ROCKVILLE, MD – AUGUST 20: U.S. first lady Melania Trump attends a Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention summit at the Health Resources and Service Administration August 20, 2018 in Rockville, Maryland. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The US first lady Melania Trump will travel to Africa later this year, her office announced Monday, with further details expected in the coming weeks.

“This will be my first time traveling to Africa and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent,” Trump said in a statement, “while also learning about its rich culture and history.”

It is not yet clear where the US first lady will travel on the vast continent or when, but according to her communications director Stephanie Grisham, the White House “will release details in the coming weeks.”

Trump previously traveled solo to Canada and has made several trips with her husband.

This trip is expected to focus on good-deed projects.

“I look forward to highlighting the successful humanitarian work and development programs being done in many of the countries,” Trump said in a statement.

The US president has yet to travel to Africa since taking office and has allegedly disparaged “sh**hole” countries on the continent.

Melania Trump indicated a gentler approach, saying “we are a global society and I believe it is through open dialogue and the exchanging of ideas that we have a real opportunity to learn from one another.”