First lady Melania Trump was greeted by demonstrators holding signs referencing her husband’s past derogatory remarks about African nations upon landing in Malawi on Thursday morning.
Two demonstrators, who were white, held the sign stating “Welcome to Malawi #notashithole!” according to Bloomberg News White House reporter Jennifer Jacobs, a reference to President Trump’s remarks earlier this year in which he reportedly referred to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as coming from “shithole countries.”
A white woman on the roadside held up a handmade sign as the first lady’s motorcade passed that said “Melania Me Too.”
And two other white people had a “welcome to Malawi # notashithole!” sign.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) October 4, 2018
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Donald Trump reportedly said, and also asked why more “people from countries like Norway” did not enter the United States instead.
One woman held a sign reading “#MELANIATOO,” with the “ME” written in black, bold letters.
Another sign read “69 Days Past the Deadline to Reunite Families,” the AP reported.
Melania Trump’s trip to Malawi marked the second stop of her four-nation tour of Africa, her first major solo international trip as first lady.
Melania Trump reportedly toured outdoor classrooms at Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe, Malawi, which receives education assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
“I wanted to be here to see the successful programs that [the] United States is providing the children and thank you for everything you’ve done,” she said.
“Meeting those children and understanding their different way of life is why I wanted to travel here,” Melania Trump later said during her visit. “I was heartened to spend time with the students and was honored to donate school supplies and soccer balls.” The soccer balls as well as tote bags donated for the teachers bore the logo of “Be Best,” the child well-being initiative she launched earlier this year and is promoting on the trip.
Thank you Ghana! 🇺🇸 🇬🇭 pic.twitter.com/d34cqFyRdN
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 4, 2018