It may not have been the most glaring faux pas the hyper-scrutinised Trump has ever made.
"You know what, we just completed an awesome trip, I want to talk about my trip and not what I wear, and that's very important, what I do, what we're doing with USAID, what I'm doing with my initiatives and I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear", she said. She met earlier Saturday with Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.
It was a message that was especially welcome given President Trump 's own derogatory comments about the continent that he has yet to visit.
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.
The criticism was not universal.
It's not the first time Trump has been in the news for an outfit.
While the first lady on her trip highlighted successful programs of USAID, she indicated she would not press the president to increase funding to the foreign aid agency.
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Another key goal of her tour is to promote "education, healthcare, some conservation, and tourism", her spokeswoman said earlier. Remember that time when she wore an olive-green army jacket with the words, "I don't really care. It's exhausted and it's old and it's inaccurate", Dionne was quoted as saying. But child poverty and development were not on the agenda for Melania Trump's visit.
"I think he's qualified for the Supreme Court", she said.
But it was her attire which drew concern on Twitter, as she donned a white pith hat, with her riding pants and boots. She emerged without a smudge. "Who advised you?" a social media user wrote.
While visiting the Nairobi National Park in Kenya, she was seen touring in an open-air vehicle, taking photos on her iPhone of zebras, giraffes, impalas, rhinos and hippos and feeding baby elephants.
Melania Trump's choice to appear in Kenya wearing a pith helmet, headwear commonly associated with Britain's colonial past, caused controversy.
In Malawi, she went to Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe, where students sang their welcome to the first lady.
"Her attire is a signal of her understanding of what Africa is in 2018".
In other ways, Trump has seemed independent. "It's very emotional", Trump said after her visit. His administration has moved to lift a ban on some elephant trophy imports. "It is sad to see this", she told her guide, after picking up a handful of the ash.