‘Girls play too’: Melania Trump’s speech at Girls Pay 2 launch

Melania Trump used her visit to South Korea to encourage more women to take up sport as she met with her counterpart in Seoul on Tuesday.

The First Ladies were pictured touring the ground of the presidential palace Blue House before Melania spoke with a group of schoolchildren who had been invited along for the day.

Melania used the occasion to promote her Girls Play 2 initiative, which aims to ensure that boys and girls have equal access to sporting facilities.

She said: ‘Sport teaches children about teamwork, dedication, discipline, and how to succeed under pressure.

‘When we assure girls and boys have equal access to sports we are ensuring they have an equal chance to gain these valuable skills

‘Girls Play 2 reminds people that girls love to play sport just as much as boys do. Girls wants to play basketball and hockey, and snowboard and ski.

‘Some girls want to become Olympians and many girls simply want to be active and enjoy sport for the fun of it.

‘The Olympics are just around the corner. I am sure you are all very excited about next year’s games. It will be an amazing opportunity to bring the world together through our shared loved of sport.

‘As we look forward to the Olympics I call on all of us to ensure girl and boys are given equal access to facilities equipment and to coaches. Let’s remind the world that girls play too.’

Melania is accompanying her husband on his whistle-stop tour of Asia which has already seen them stop over in Hawaii and Japan before landing in South Korea.

On Wednesday they will move on to China where Trump will hold talks with newly-empowered Xi Jinping on his home turf for the first time, before heading over to Vietnam for two days.

Trump will then fly to the Philippines where he will hold his first face-to-face meeting with hardline President Rodrigo Duterte, a man who he has repeatedly praised for his no-nonsense approach to politics.

While Trump’s agenda is likely to be dominated by the situation in North Korea, Melania has been free to pursue her own agenda, including promoting her sport initiative.