Melania Trumping Across Egypt's Giza Looks Like Colonel Sanders in a Necktie

Published October 7th, 2018 - 07:55 GMT
US First Lady Melania Trump visits the Giza Pyramids on October 6, 2018, during the final stop of her week-long trip through four countries in Africa. (SAUL LOEB / AFP)
US First Lady Melania Trump visits the Giza Pyramids on October 6, 2018, during the final stop of her week-long trip through four countries in Africa. (SAUL LOEB / AFP)

The First Lady began wrapping up her solo tour of Africa in Egypt on Saturday with a trip to the pyramids and the Great Sphinx.

Her visit will wrap up what has been considered a successful trip, where she has been promoting her Be Best program, focusing on things like cyberbullying and wellbeing. 

Trump's outfits have also struck a chord with voters , who have mostly praised her colorful choices. 

Saturday elicited a different reaction though, with some suggesting instead of taking sartorial inspiration from the beauty that surrounded her, she had instead leaned towards 11 secret herbs and spices. 

Dressed in a tan linen blazer, white pants and Chanel ballerina flats, Melania channelled Colonel Sanders with a black necktie deeply reminiscent of the chicken tycoon's standard uniform.

Twitter users lit up, asking: 'why is she dressed like Colonel Sanders going on an archaeology trip', and another joked she was auditioning for a new job.

Others were not settled on the Colonel, and said it had to be a mix of beloved characters.  

One Twitter user hypothesized the First Lady's outfit was a specific combination.

'Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego meets  smooth criminal, meets Colonel Sanders,' he wrote.

Another called her outfit the 'worst Meryl Streep impersonation ever', referencing the actress' role in Out of Africa. 

The First Lady was in Egypt on Saturday to wrap up her four-country tour of Africa, but she was not able to escape the news at home.

In a brief five minute press conference, she also told reporters she believes SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford when the pair were in high school is 'highly qualified', and said: 'I'm glad Dr Ford was heard'. 

She refused to comment when asked if she believed Ford's claims. 

The First Lady laughed as she admitted she's told her husband to put the phone down amid one of his famed rants.

'I don't always agree with what he tweets, and I tell him that,' she said.   

'I give my honest opinion and honest advice. Sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn't, but I have my own voice and opinions, and it's very important to me I express what I feel.'

When a reporter asked her: 'Have you ever told him to put his phone down?' she responded: 'Yes'. 

Trump received a warm welcome from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his wife, Entissar, at the presidential palace in Cairo before she headed to visit the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. 

At the meeting which lasted for nearly an hour, Sisi sat in the middle, with Trump on one side and his wife on the other. No statements were made to the press.

In a Facebook post on Friday, Sisi's wife welcomed Melania by saying she would arrive to her 'second country, Egypt'.

'I am honored to meet the honorable lady, the wife of the American president, in Cairo tomorrow, and to wish her a successful and happy stay in her second country, Egypt,' she wrote in Arabic.

While she is at the iconic landmarks, Melania will be promoting US backed efforts to preserve the wonders.

During her trip, the First Lady's focus has been on humanitarian efforts, specifically those funded by US government aid, and those that work to better the lives of children.

Another key purpose of her tour is to promote 'education, healthcare, some conservation, and tourism', her spokeswoman said earlier. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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