First lady talks Trump, Twitter as she tours the pyramids

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First lady Melania Trump visits the ancient statue of Sphinx, with the body of a lion and a human head, at the historic site of Giza Pyramids in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
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First lady Melania Trump poses for photojournalists in front of the ancient statue of Sphinx, with the body of a lion and a human head, at the historic site of the Giza Pyramids, in Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) (AP/Nariman El-Mofty)
First Lady Melania Trump meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-SisiAbdel and Egyptian First Lady Entissar Mohameed Amer at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday Oct 6, 2018. The First Lady wraps up her 7 day trip to Africa and returns to Washington tomorrow.   (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
First Lady Melania Trump meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-SisiAbdel and Egyptian First Lady Entissar Mohameed Amer at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday Oct 6, 2018. The First Lady wraps up her 7 day trip to Africa and returns to Washington tomorrow. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool) (AP/Doug Mills)
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First lady Melania Trump visits the ancient statue of Sphinx, with the body of a lion and a human head, at the historic site of Giza Pyramids in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
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First lady Melania Trump waves before entering the Great Pyramid as she visits the historical site of the Giza Pyramids in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
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First lady Melania Trump poses for photojournalists in front of the ancient statue of Sphinx, with the body of a lion and a human head, at the historic site of the Giza Pyramids, in Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) (AP/Nariman El-Mofty)
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First lady Melania Trump pauses for photographs as she visits the historical site of the Giza Pyramids in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
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First lady Melania Trump visits the historical site of the Giza Pyramids in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
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First lady Melania Trump visits the historical site of the Giza Pyramids in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
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First lady Melania Trump boards a plane at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
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First Lady Melania Trump meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-SisiAbdel and Egyptian First Lady Entissar Mohameed Amer at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday Oct 6, 2018. The First Lady wraps up her 7 day trip to Africa and returns to Washington tomorrow.   (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
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CAIRO (AP) — Melania Trump says she has, at times, told the president to put his phone down. And she says she doesn’t always agree with what he tweets.

The U.S. first lady spoke briefly with reporters Saturday as she was wrapping up a four-country tour of Africa with a visit to the pyramids and the Great Sphinx in Egypt.

Standing in front of the Sphinx, Mrs. Trump said she makes her opinions clear with her husband.

“I don’t always agree what he tweets,” she said in a rare, unscripted interaction with reporters. “And I tell him that. I give him my honest opinion and honest advice. And sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn’t. But I have my own voice and my opinions and it’s very important for me that I express what I feel.”

As for whether she’s ever told him to put his phone down, she said, “yes,” with a laugh.

Mrs. Trump arrived in Cairo on Saturday after a flight from Kenya. She met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and his wife, Entissar Mohameed Amer, before heading to the nearby city of Giza to see the pyramids and Sphinx to highlight U.S.-backed preservation efforts.

The U.S. Agency for International Development has been working with the Egyptian government for the past several years on a project to lower groundwater levels to prevent additional damage to the landmarks. Saline content in the water can erode their foundations.

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.

“That’s very important what I do, what we’re doing with U.S. aid and what I do with my initiatives and I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear,” she said.

Mrs. Trump’s outfit choices have drawn considerable attention, as when she wore a jacket that read “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” during a trip to visit migrant children who’d been separated from their families at the southern border.

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Associated Press writer Jill Colvin contributed to this report from Washington.

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