06:25 GMT10 May 2021
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    All eyes have been on the First Lady during her week-long solo trip to Africa, which has seen her promoting a child welfare agenda in Ghana, Malawi, and Kenya.

    Melania Trump's visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday was briefly interrupted by a baby elephant who bumped into her after being pushed by a larger elephant, prompting her to jump back and her Secret Service escort to jump in to respond.

    Nonplussed, the first lady continued the press op, feeding two baby elephants a mixture of baby formula, coconut and porridge with a large baby bottle and speaking with the orphanage's curators before continuing her tour.

    Meanwhile, on Twitter, Melania's encounter sparked anger, with users accusing the first lady of "another hypocritical Trump photo-op" and pointing to her stepsons Eric and Don Trump Jr's selfies with African animals they have killed, including elephants.

    Others recalled President Trump's executive order lifting a ban on bringing trophies of African animals into the US.

    A few users recalled the Trump family's hit or miss history concerning endangered animals, including the famous video of Donald Trump being threatened by a bald eagle in his office in Trump Tower.

    Finally, some users came to the first lady's defense, saying they were proud of the "dignity and grace" with which she carries herself, and her efforts to raise awareness of the poaching issue.


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