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October 1, 2018

On Monday, first lady Melania Trump will leave on a five-day journey through Africa, stopping in four countries during her first big international trip on her own.

She will start in Ghana on Tuesday, then visit Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt. She will focus on child wellbeing, and will go to hospitals, shelters, and schools to promote her "Be Best" initiative.

Earlier this year, President Trump reportedly referred to African countries as "shitholes," and because of comments like this, the first lady has "got some heavy lifting to do on this trip," Judd Devermont, the Africa program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told The Associated Press. "And it's a little bit unfair because that's not what a first lady's trip should be about." Catherine Garcia

June 21, 2018

First lady Melania Trump has touched ground in Texas to check out immigrant detention centers and speak with Border Patrol officials, CNN reported Thursday.

Trump made a last-minute decision to take a trip to McAllen, Texas, the first member of the Trump family to personally visit the immigration facilities where children are being detained separately from their parents as they await prosecution for entering the U.S. without documentation.

Upon arriving in McAllen, the first lady told shelter workers she was "looking forward" to seeing immigrant children. "We all know they're here without their families and I want to thank you for your hard work, your kindness, and your compassion you're giving them in these hard times," she said, per The Hill. She additionally asked how she could "help these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible."

Trump's spokesperson said that the first lady wanted to "see what's real," deciding to visit the centers for herself less than 48 hours ago. Read more at CNN. Summer Meza

June 18, 2018

On Monday, former first lady Michelle Obama responded to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy of separating immigrant parents from their children at the border, citing former first lady Laura Bush's condemnation and adding: "Sometimes truth transcends party."

Obama is now the fourth first lady to speak out against the policy, including the current first lady, Melania Trump. Hillary Clinton also responded to the policy, telling an audience in New York on Monday that it is a "moral and humanitarian crisis" and that "every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged," CNN's Dan Merica reports. Jeva Lange

Update 4:51 p.m. ET: Former first lady Rosalyn Carter said Monday afternoon that "the practice and policy today of removing children from their parents' care at our border with Mexico is disgraceful and a shame to our country." With her comment, all five living first ladies have condemned the Trump administration's policy. Read Carter's full statement here.

May 14, 2018

First lady Melania Trump underwent surgery Monday for a "benign kidney condition," the White House announced in a statement.

Trump, 48, is "likely" to stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the rest of the week, the White House said, though the surgery "was successful and there were no complications." The "embolization procedure" is one of the most serious medical procedures performed on a first lady since Nancy Reagan's mastectomy in 1987, reports CNN.

"The first lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere," the White House said. President Trump reportedly remained at the White House during the first lady's surgery. Summer Meza

June 16, 2015

While visiting London Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama announced a new initiative between the U.S. and U.K. that will aim to improve access to quality education for girls around the world.

Obama met with Prime Minister David Cameron to officially announce the nearly $200 million partnership. The goal is to make it easier for students to enroll in accelerated primary school programs, give them access to better teaching and learning materials, and boost parent and community support, CNN reports. It will also directly impact countries "affected by conflict and crisis," like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which will receive $180 million over five years, benefiting more than 750,000 girls between the ages of 10 to 18.

Earlier in the day, Obama, her mother, Marian Robinson, and daughters Malia and Sasha had tea with Prince Harry, and discussed their mutual interest in helping military families and the Let Girls Learn initiative. Kensington Palace said Prince Harry was "very pleased" to host the Obamas, and at a visit to the Mulberry School for Girls in London, the first lady shared what they talked about: "He said, 'It's important to have male voices at the table on this issue because often times its going to be the brother or the father in a community speaking up.'" Catherine Garcia

May 20, 2015

As part of her ongoing "Let's Move" campaign to get Americans to work out and eat healthy, First Lady Michelle Obama participated in a workout video featuring her doing crunches, lifting weights, and other sundry exercises. But the one thing that really stands out is that Obama has Pacquiao-like rope-skipping skills (starting at the 19-second mark):

Her husband got all the headlines for his alleged sportiness during the 2008 campaign, but we're pretty sure he can't do that. Ryu Spaeth

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