'This is who she is': The internet responds to Melania Trump's big smile during Africa trip

Melania Trump touched down in Africa for her four-nation tour on Tuesday, and people are pleasantly surprised to see how happy she looks during her first solo international trip as the first lady.

Miles away from Washington, D.C., FLOTUS has been meeting with locals and leaders in a number of regions to learn more about U.S.-supported efforts affecting Africa’s health care and education as an extension of her “Be Best” initiative. But she also seems to be mending the harsh reputation that her host nations have of the Trump administration through her mere enjoyment of the people she’s met and the places she’s visited.

According to CNN’s Kate Bennett, who has been covering Melania Trump for nearly two years, this is the happiest she’s ever seen the first lady.

People on Twitter agree with Bennett’s sentiment — suggesting that it’s likely a result of her distance from her husband and the controversy surrounding his Supreme Court nominee.

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TOPSHOT - US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta (R) examine the ears of a baby elephant at The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, as she pays a one day visit to the country during her solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US first lady Melania Trump (L) reaches out to pet a baby elephant, accompanied by CEO Angela Sheldrick (C), at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 5, 2018. - Melania Trump is in Africa to promote her children's welfare programme. (Photo by Ben Curtis / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN CURTIS/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US First Lady Melania Trump (2L) is bumped by a baby elephant at The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, as she pays a one day visit to the country during her solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
A US Secret Service Agent helps to steady US First Lady Melania Trump after she got bumped by a baby elephant at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, during the third leg of her solo tour of Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
A US Secret Service Agent helps to steady US First Lady Melania Trump after she got bumped by a baby elephant at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, during the third leg of her solo tour of Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
A US Secret Service Agent helps to steady US First Lady Melania Trump after she got bumped by a baby elephant at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, during the third leg of her solo tour of Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump views baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, during the third leg of her solo tour of Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US First Lady Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant at The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, as she pays a one day visit to the country during her solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump views baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, during the third leg of her solo tour of Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
UUS First Lady Melania Trump talks with Nelly Palmeris (L), Park Manager, as they view an ivory burning site at the Nairobi National Park in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, during the third leg of her solo tour of Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) pets a baby elephant at The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, as she pays a one day visit to the country during her solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump goes on a safari at the Nairobi National Park in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, during the third leg of her solo tour of Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump looks at a baby elephant at The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, as she pays a one day visit to the country during her solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant at The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, as she pays a one day visit to the country during her solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump looks at zebras as she travels in a vehicle while on a safari at The Nairobi National Park in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, as she pays a one day visit to the country during her solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US first lady Melania Trump (L) pets a baby elephant, accompanied by CEO Angela Sheldrick (C), and Kenya's first lady Margaret Kenyatta at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 5, 2018. - Melania Trump is in Africa to promote her children's welfare programme. (Photo by Ben Curtis / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN CURTIS/AFP/Getty Images)
US first lady Melania Trump laughs with CEO Angela Sheldrick (R) after Mrs Trump was nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 5, 2018. - Melania Trump is in Africa to promote her children's welfare programme. (Photo by Ben Curtis / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN CURTIS/AFP/Getty Images)
US first lady Melania Trump (C-R) smiles accompanied by Kenya's first lady Margaret Kenyatta, as she watches baby elephants being fed milk by bottle at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 5, 2018. - Melania Trump is in Africa to promote her children's welfare programme. (Photo by Ben Curtis / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN CURTIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker feeds a baby elephant a bottle of milk at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
An orphaned baby elephant runs to the keeper during a visit by U.S. first lady Melania Trump at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
An orphaned baby elephant is seen during a visit by U.S. first lady Melania Trump at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
U.S. first lady Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant milk with a bottle, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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Others haven’t neglected to point out President Trump’s family trophy hunting quite possibly the same elephants that FLOTUS is spending time with.

Regardless of the controversy surrounding the Trump administration and Melania Trump’s extended family, her communications director Stephanie Grisham told the New York Times that this happier Melania Trump is simply the first lady she knows.

“She loves meeting people, learning new things, and being around kids,” Grisham said. “This is who she is.”

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