First lady Melania Trump finally got some play time in her schedule.
On Friday, after joining President Donald Trump for part of his visit to Asia, the first lady returned to the U.S., stopping along the way at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, as reported by The Washington Post.
During a weekend visit w/military families in Alaska, a soldier’s child explains her artwork to First Lady Melania Trump. pic.twitter.com/WcWvX1DfuF
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During her time at the Arctic Oasis Community Center, she assisted preschool children in making various crafts. The children and first lady molded modeling clay, and even crafted a harmonica out of ordinary household items.
Trump also saw what the preschoolers had made with a 3D printer, and also looked at their sewing projects.
“She is just delightful and very genuine,” said Tamra De Benedetto, who oversees all activities at the base for children under age 18.
The first lady did not make public remarks or talk to the media while at the base.
“Every program we offer has an educational purpose and a reason for why we do it,” De Benedetto said.
Trump’s visit to the base was part of a month-long celebration involving military families. As KTOO reported, some of the children present during the event have parents who are members of the 4th Brigade Combat Team 25th Infantry Division — a division currently deployed in Afghanistan.
Air Force Master Sgt. David Jennings came to see the first lady and brought his wife, Lindsay, and their two daughters, Abbigail and Annabelle.
“A great family memory here,” he said as he took pictures.
Brantly Wyse, 4, made a fish with Melania Trump.
Paige Wyse, his mother, said she and her husband, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Wyse, tried to explain who Melania Trump was. It finally connected when she told the boy the first lady was the president’s wife.
“He was like, ‘Oh, wow. OK,’” she said.
There are 14,000 service members based at the joint Army and Air Force base in Anchorage, according to KTOO.
The first lady accompanied her husband on his trips to South Korea, Japan and China, but then returned to the U.S. to pursue her own schedule, her office said.
“This visit to China is something I will never forget,” she said. “President Xi and Madame Peng were gracious hosts, and I was honored to participate in many cultural experiences and personal conversations. I believe both of our countries made great strides during this trip, and I look forward to future visits.”