Melania says Kavanaugh is highly qualified for Supreme Court

Melania says she is happy both Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Ford were ‘heard’ during his confirmation process as she wraps up her Africa tour

  • First Lady Melania Trump spoke about Kavanaugh on Saturday in Egypt
  • She was wrapping up a trip visiting leaders in four African countries
  • Said Kavanaugh is highly qualified justice but she is glad his accuser testified
  • First Lady also asked pundits and critics to ‘focus on what I do, not what I wear’
  • Kavanaugh was sworn in on Saturday night after Senate voted 50-48 to confirm 

First Lady Melania Trump has praised Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as highly qualify, adding that she is glad accuser Christine Blasey Ford was given the chance to testify.

‘I think he’s highly qualified for the Supreme Court,’ Melania told reporters near the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt on Saturday as she wrapped up a four-country trip in Africa.

‘I´m glad that Dr. Ford was heard. I´m glad that Judge Kavanaugh was heard,’ Trump said, referring to Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down and groping her when they were both in high school.

Melania declined to say whether she believed Ford’s claim, which Kavanaugh strongly denied.

‘I think he’s highly qualified for the Supreme Court,’ Melania told reporters of Kavanaugh near the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt on Saturday

Kavanaugh’s wife and daughters look on as he takes the Constitutional Oath on Saturday night. Melania said that she thinks he is a highly qualified justice


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‘We need to help all the victims, no matter what kind of abuse they had,’ she said. ‘I’m against any kind of abuse.’

The First Lady said the message of her tour to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt was ‘show the world that we care.’ 

The trip was a coming out of sorts for the First Lady on the world stage. 

It was her first major solo trip abroad and a rare example of a time when she has answered questions by reporters on a variety of topics.

Asked about her wardrobe choices, the First Lady lamented the fact that her clothes drew more attention than her work on children’s issues.

‘I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear,’ she said, before posing for pictures in front of some of Egypt’s greatest landmarks.

Melania earlier drew some criticism for wearing a white pith helmet during a safari in Kenya because of its association with European exploration of Africa. Some accused her of looking like a ‘colonialist’. 

First Lady Melania Trump tours the pyramids of Giza near Cairo, Egypt on Saturday

Melania is seen near the Sphinx of Giza. She is wrapping up a four-country tour of Africa

The stylish former model also said she did not always agree with her husband´s tweets and shared her opinions with him directly, even though he did not always follow her advice.

When asked if any African leaders had asked about her husband’s alleged remarks about ‘s**thole’ countries on the continent, she said no.

‘Nobody discussed that with me (during the trip), and I never heard him saying those comments. And that was anonymous source and I would leave it at that,’ she said.  

During the trip, she has focused on her signature issue of campaigning for children with stops at a hospital, primary school and an orphanage.

She lamented the fact that her clothes drew more attention than her work on children’s issues

Melania Trump stops to speak to the media before she tours the pyramids in Cairo, Egypt

Melania is welcomed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (center) and his wife Intissar Amer upon her arrival at the Presidential palace in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Saturday

Melania 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.

She wore slacks and a tie as she stepped off the plane in Cairo, where she proceeded to the presidential palace, an ornate cream stone building with arabesque designs.

Melania made a brief stop at the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy in downtown Cairo, driving through streets nearly deserted because of a national holiday marking the 45th anniversary of Egypt’s 1973 war with Israel.

She was due to arrive back in Washington DC early on Sunday. 

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