President Donald Trump is on a whirlwind overseas trip visiting five countries in Asia. His wife, Melania Trump, was with him on the first part of the trip, then she stayed behind in China to be a tourist. Trump spent the extra time in China visiting with Madam Peng Liyuan of China, Akie Abe of Japan, and Madam Kim Jung-sook of South Korea.
The four first ladies all do similar work helping children in their respective countries, and the side trip gave them time to visit with one another as they toured the country. Trump and the ladies visited schools, attended state dinners, and participated in cultural activities.
During a stop at the Beijing Zoo, Trump signed a poster, met with some children, and handed out stuffed eagles. Zoo director Li Xiaoguang introduced Trump to their star panda:
The panda star in the zoo is Gu Gu. He is a pretty male panda and the goodwill ambassador to the zoo. Gu Gu is a good-looking panda with a robust memory. He is excellent in his behavior training and eager to show his skills to the VIPs.
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) November 10, 2017
Later that day, Trump went on a private tour of the Great Wall of China, where CNN caught up with the First Lady for an unscripted (maybe) interview. It was rather embarrassing. When asked if she was enjoying the extended stay and visiting with the other first ladies, Trump said:
They were in the United States before and we have a great relationship with all three of them. We had a great time, it was nice to see them again.
When asked about the first year anniversary of her husband’s election win, she answered:
Well, it’s my honor to be a first lady of the United States, and it was a very busy year. We love to live in Washington, we have a very busy life. It’s exciting, as well.
While we realize that English is not her first language and we’d never make fun of her for that (learning different languages is incredibly difficult), her hesitant speech sounds almost as if she is trying to remember her scripted lines. While it would be understandable that she received some coaching in case she was interviewed, when she comes across as scripted it makes a worse impression.
Maybe we just got too used to the wonderful speaking skills of Michelle Obama?
Watch the interview below:
— CNN (@CNN) November 10, 2017