Lawmakers essentially ignored those requests.
Commenting on the visit, Melania said: "I wanted to be here to see the successful programs the United States is providing the children and thank you for everything you've done". Malawi's education minister said the partnership had "significantly" improved student literacy.
In Ghana, she visited the main regional hospital in the capital Accra along with First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
"I am so proud of the work this administration is doing through United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) and others, and look forward to the opportunity to take the message of my "Be Best" campaign to numerous countries and children throughout Africa", she said early this month.
She went directly to Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe, where she watched teachers carry out lessons to help the students learn English and the Chichewa language. Just 77 teachers educate more than 8,500 students who attend the school.
What followed next was a whirlwind visit of both inside and outside classrooms of second and third graders.
Towards the end of her visit, children sang: "I know one day we shall meet again". Her own 12-year-old son attends a private school in Maryland. "I was heartened to spend time with the students, and was honored to donate school supplies and soccer balls", she said.
"No child in this country is without a book", Malawi's Education Minister Bright Msaka told the first lady. In southern Africa, the vocalization is often done as a celebratory welcome by women. "It is a attractive thing to see", wrote Trump.
The event was to "highlight friendly US-Malawi relations" and the pair's "shared interest in helping children and, in particular, helping girls in school", according to the White House.