First lady Melania Trump and Queen Rania of Jordan visited an all-girls charter school in Washington on Wednesday, where the two shared a common interest in school choice and education.
The queen was in Washington with her husband, King Abdullah II, who was meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House.
The meetings apparently went well, and there were no strange or embarrassing moments like when we used to see former President Barack Obama bow to foreign leaders.
The Associated Press reported that the two women met with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos at Excel Academy, where they had a round-table discussion with the principal of the school, a science teacher, an art teacher, three students and a parent. Deborah Lockhart, CEO of Excel Public Charter, also sat in.
After the meeting, Melania, the queen and DeVos visited an art class, then stopped by a science class where students wearing gloves and goggles were learning about the diet of an owl.
In a statement, the first lady said that education helped to “shine a light” on gender equality and the empowerment of women, according to The AP. She added that the school was also an “exceptional example” how to prepare young women to “succeed in a global community.”
“Hearing directly from teachers and the students who attend the school was an important step in the dialogue needed to further my agenda as first lady of the United States,” Trump said.
DeVos released a statement after the meeting highlighting the importance of bringing our country’s education system into the 21st century, noting the varieties of different schools that serve the unique needs of students. She also thanked the first lady and the queen for their interest in the Academy
During the presidential campaign, Melania said that as first lady, she would focus on youth cyberbullying.
It’s good to see the first lady stepping into her role with class.
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