Melania Trump visits Japanese garden with Akie Abe
“Both our countries histories and cultures are steeped in the nurture and nature of gardening,” Melania Trump said in a statement. “Having knowledge of different cultures and customs is a wonderful way to learn and to explore. Gardening teaches us the fundamentals in care and the evolution of living things, all while inspiring us to nurture our minds and to relax and strengthen our bodies. I hope that together Mrs. Abe and I can continue to inspire our youth to enjoy the beauty around them and to restore their minds in the peacefulness of their surroundings.”
Trump, who wore Calvin Klein to the tour, presented Abe with the gift of a a porcelain rose, the “Rose in Bloom,” from Ukrainian-born American artist Vladimir Kanevsky.
The visit marks Trump’s first solo public appearance as first lady. She also hosted Abe for a private lunch later in the day at Mar-a-Lago.
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