In Trump's budget proposals, he has called for slashing foreign assistance and development programs by about 30 percent.
"I also wanted to be sure to personally thank each of you for the work that you do here at the embassy in Malawi", she added.
"I think the U.S. -Africa relationship is much bigger than the president's comments, and it's been going on for decades and decades".
The final stop on her tour will be Egypt.
LILONGWE, MALAWI-Melania Trump got a different view of educating children as she visited an African primary school Thursday that has benefited from USA assistance but struggles with an enrolment of more than 8,500 students. She plans to meet with Kenya's first lady and take in a performance at Nairobi National Theater.
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"What happened so many years ago is really a tragedy", Trump said, according to BBC. A group of children who live at the orphanage and had been waiting for their American visitor broke into song and dance.
"There are so many countries in Africa, but she chose to come here", the queen mother said. "I will never forget [the] incredible experience and the stories that I heard", BBC reported.
Melania was photographed holding the ear of an elephant and she looked at it keenly.
Observers in Africa said Melania Trump could use her glamour to greater effect - more so than any visits she might make to hospitals and babies in need.
Trump's good-will tour was not completely without controversy.
During a ceremony at the school, the first lady participated in giving the school 1.4 million books.