First lady Melania Trump continued her overseas tradition of visiting sick children in hospitals on Thursday when she made an appearance at Necker Hospital in Paris.
President Trump and the first lady are scheduled to be in France for two days, where the U.S. president will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and attend a Bastille Day celebration.
Leaving her husband behind, the first lady took to a children’s ward of the Paris hospital on Thursday where she met some little ones of varying ages.
Melania spoke briefly in French to six children who were in a room decorated with images from the famous book, “The Little Prince.”
Images from Melania’s visit with children in the Paris hospital:
After introducing herself and asking how they were in French, the first lady switched to using a translator to continue the exchange.
US First Lady Melania Trump has arrived at France's biggest paediatric hospital on her first engagement in the two-day French visit pic.twitter.com/pKfoiX2mgV
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) July 13, 2017
Melania later tweeted out an image from her visit with the children.
Thank U @hospital_necker for allowing me to visit your wonderful patients & inspirational staff. Continued prayers for good health for all. pic.twitter.com/3keri8EUC4
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 13, 2017
The first lady has in recent months made a concerted public effort to fit in time with children at events both foreign and domestic. From reading with children at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll to visiting with students at multiple schools, Melania Trump appears set on addressing the needs of children from varying backgrounds. Even while abroad during her lengthy foreign trip with President Trump, she stopped by both Queen Fabiola University Hospital in Brussels and Bambino Gesu in Rome where she snapped photos and visited with sick children.