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    Twitter Abuzz Over Report Claiming FLOTUS Spent $95K on Overnight Stay in Hotel

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    In October, the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, embarked on a solo tour of Africa, visiting Kenya, Ghana, Malawi and Egypt.

    Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham has dismissed a report by Quartz, alleging that the first lady spent a night in a Cairo hotel, which cost “over $95,000,” as an “example of irresponsible journalism.”

    The outlet earlier published an article, citing federal spending records, suggesting that Melania Trump’s stay in the Egyptian capital “cost taxpayers $95,050.”

    After Grisham’s sharp remark, Quartz added an editor’s note to the article to state that the spokeswoman clarified that the first lady was in Cairo for six hours and didn’t spend the night at the hotel.

    Social media users were, however, left baffled, saying that while Grisham denied the fact that FLOTUS spent the night at the hotel, she appeared to say nothing about the tidy sum mentioned in the article:

    Other users weighed in, saying that Melania’s predecessor, Michelle Obama, spent far more during her vacation in Spain:

    Another user alluded to a mass of Twitter jokes about her Cairo outfit, which prompted comparisons to a character from the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, where Indiana Jones is tasked with finding the Ark of the Covenant:

    Last month, FLOTUS made a solo 5-day trip to Africa, visiting Ghana, Kenya, Egypt and Malawi in a bid to promote her Be Best initiative, which focuses on child welfare, dealing with opioid abuse and cyber-bullying. 

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