April 18, 2019 (GSN) - Far from the din of Washington, toured businesses run by women in Ethiopia on while promoting a White House global economic program for women.
President Donald Trump's daughter and senior adviser visited a coffee shop and textile company in Addis Ababa. It was her first stop in Africa on a four-day trip to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast on behalf of a White House project intended to boost 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.
This is Ivanka Trump's first visit to Africa since the president launched the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. It's a program she hopes will outlast an administration better known for "America First" isolationism.
"Ethiopia's success is Africa's success," she said. "We learned today that the quality of the coffee is second to none. You shared with me that Ethiopian cotton rivals cotton anywhere in the world. And then, of course, the skills and the craftsmanship of the Ethiopian people. We hope more people realize their full potential."
Later in the trip, Trump honored victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash that occurred soon after takeoff last month. The eldest Trump daughter, donning a black lace veil, visited Holy Trinity Cathedral Monday, where she met with religious leaders and laid a wreath a total of 21 United Nations staffers and 12 aid workers were killed last month when the Boeing 737 Max crashed minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi. All 157 people on board died.