Lawmakers essentially ignored those requests.
The White House said Malawi was chosen because of the high poverty rate and the difficulties children-especially girls-have in accessing education. Widespread bipartisan opposition in Congress averted the reductions.
The first lady was escorted on the trip by the senior warden of the park, Nelly Palmeris, and a secret service agent. Her own 12-year-old son attends a private school in Maryland. "I was heartened to spend time with the students, and was honored to donate school supplies and soccer balls", she said.
Trump toured the classroom, as well as helped the children learn English.
Mrs. Trump received a joyous welcome upon her arrival at Kamuzu International Airport, with singing and dancing by a troupe of women and scores of schoolchildren waving flags. "It is a handsome thing to see", Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday, 4 October.
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"Along the route Melania's motorcade took to the ambassador's residence, people held signs saying "#MELANIATOO" with the "ME" in bold.
The first lady's visit to Nairobi National Park led to the first security panic of the solo trip when a boisterous elephant almost knocked her over, prompting a Secret Service agent to rush forward and grab her.
At one point, a teacher led the students in a song in English: "We say goodbye but not forever". Doesn't sit well with us Africans. Many children still have not been reunited with their families.
Nairobi motorists should brace themselves for a day of heavy traffic as US First Lady Melania Trump tours the city.
Even though some anxious that previous statements made by her husband, President Donald Trump, would affect Trump's visit, one resident said the complete opposite.