Melania Criticized For Wearing Pith Helmet On Kenyan Safari Trip

Scott Morefield | Reporter

First Lady Melania Trump wore a white pith helmet on Friday while on a safari during her trip to Kenya.

The first lady’s first solo trip included visits to four African countries in five days — including Malawi, Kenya, Ghana, and Egypt — but liberals latched onto her choice of headgear during a visit to Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya to criticize her for wearing a supposed symbol of colonial rule.

“Pith helmets — so-called because they are made of the material sholapith – were worn by European explorers and imperial administrators in Africa, parts of Asia and the Middle East in the 19th century before being adopted by military officers, rapidly becoming a symbol of status – and oppression,” the Guardian reported.

Mrs. Trump received plenty of Twitter backlash for her headgear:

New York Times White House Correspondent Katie Rogers reported via Twitter that Mrs. Trump was “clearly irritated” about being asked about the helmet, responding with: “You know what? We just completed an amazing trip.”

She then said, “I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear.”

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