Melania Trump revealed her maternal side on Thursday morning when she comforted a shy little girl after landing in Malawi for the second stop of her Africa tour.
The first lady landed at Lilongwe International Airport in Lumbadzi after a six-hour flight from Ghana, during which she changed out of her casual Converse sneakers and jeans in favor of a beige $745 Joseph shirt dress and a pair of $625 Manolo Blahnik heels.
Melania waved happily at the crowds as she emerged from the presidential aircraft, before making her way down the steps and onto the tarmac, where she was greeted by Malawi’s first lady Gertrude Maseko, crowds of cheering children, and a rather solemn-looking schoolgirl, who presented the 48-year-old with a large bouquet of flowers.
Smile! Melania Trump was seen comforting a shy little girl upon her arrival in Malawi for the second stop of her Africa tour
Don’t worry! The youngster seemed slightly put off by all the attention, but was quickly cheered up by the 48-year-old who spent a few minutes chatting with her, after being presented with a bouquet of flowers
Conversation: Melania placed her hand on the little girl’s back as she exchanged a few words with her upon her arrival
Sweet moment: The mother-of-one smiled at the little girl, and appeared to be trying to make her feel more comfortable
Landing: Melania landed in the capital of Lilongwe on Thursday for the second stop of her solo visit to Africa
Quick change! Melania was wearing a $745 Joseph shirt dress and $625 suede Manolo Blahnik heels when she landed (left), having changed out of her jeans and Converse sneakers during the six-hour flight from Ghana (right)
Clearly sensing the youngster’s unease, mother-of-one Melania was seen crouching down to the ground and patting the flower girl comfortingly on the back, while smiling and chattering away to her.
Melania’s friendly words clearly worked, and the little girl, who was wearing a blue school uniform and black shoes, appeared to perk up slightly as their conversation continued.
During her trip to Lilongwe, Melania was scheduled to visit a local primary school and tour classrooms, observe an English lesson, meet teachers, and donate textbooks and soccer balls.
She was seen arriving to Chipala Primary School, waving to the crowd as head teacher Maureen Masi showed her around the premises.
Celebration: The first lady was met by cheering crowds and dancers, with many waving both the American flag and the flag of Malawi as Melania walked past
Counterpart: Malawi’s first lady Gertrude Mutharika greeted Melania as she stepped off the plane; the pair are set to visit a local primary school together
Friendship: Melania and Gertrude will also enjoy a private tea together on Thursday afternoon
Visit: During her trip to Lilongwe, Melania visited Chipala Primary School, a local primary school, with head teacher Maureen Masi showing her around the premises
Greetings: The first lady waved to children and others as she visited Chipala Primary School on Thursday
Activities: During her visit, Melania was scheduled to tour classrooms, observe an English lesson, meet teachers, and donate textbooks and soccer balls
Melania also plans to visit the Statehouse where she will enjoy a private tea with her fellow first lady Gertrude – just as she did with the first lady of Ghana during the first day of her trip.
The first ladies also are expected to walk through the gardens and watch a traditional dance performance.
Melania opened her first extended solo international trip on Tuesday in Ghana.
The remaining stops on her tour are Kenya and Egypt.