First lady talks Trump, Twitter as she tours the pyramids

CAIRO (AP) — Melania Trump says she has, at times, told the president to put his phone down. And she says she doesn't always agree with what he tweets.

The U.S. first lady spoke briefly with reporters Saturday as she was wrapping up a four-country tour of Africa with a visit to the pyramids and the Great Sphinx in Egypt.

Standing in front of the Sphinx, Mrs. Trump said she makes her opinions clear with her husband.

"I don't always agree what he tweets," she said in a rare, unscripted interaction with reporters. "And I tell him that. I give him my honest opinion and honest advice. And sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn't. But I have my own voice and my opinions and it's very important for me that I express what I feel."

As for whether she's ever vtold him to put his phone down, she said, "yes," with a laugh.

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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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Mrs. Trump arrived in Cairo on Saturday after a flight from Kenya. She met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and his wife, Entissar Mohameed Amer, before heading to the nearby city of Giza to see the pyramids and Sphinx to highlight U.S.-backed preservation efforts.

The U.S. Agency for International Development has been working with the Egyptian government for the past several years on a project to lower groundwater levels to prevent additional damage to the landmarks. Saline content in the water can erode their foundations.

The first lady described her tour, which took her to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt, as "amazing" and said she hoped people would talk more about her visit and less about her fashion choices.

"That's very important what I do, what we're doing with U.S. aid and what I do with my initiatives and I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear," she said.

Mrs. Trump's outfit choices have drawn considerable attention, as when she wore a jacket that read "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" during a trip to visit migrant children who'd been separated from their families at the southern border.

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Associated Press writer Jill Colvin contributed to this report from Washington.

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