After her first official visit abroad in the Philippines in 2017, Melania Trump spent the next three years working her way up the political food chain.
The 45-year-old first lady, first lady and first lady aide to US President Donald Trump, is expected to make her first visit to the country before the end of the year, when she will host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
She is scheduled to meet President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Vladivostok on January 18.
Melania Trump, first wife, wife of US President, first daughter Melania Trump and wife of Philippine President Rodrigo Rodrigo Duterte have been spending time abroad.
At the APAC summit, which will take place in Vladorod, in Russia, from January 18-21, the first lady will host a meeting of the heads of state of the seven ASEAN countries and their spouses.
The meeting will be attended by the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Association for Southeast Asian Economic Cooperation, the Association and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
It is expected that the president and first daughter will discuss ways to promote trade and investment between the ASEan countries and the United States.
Melania will also host a dinner at the Presidential Palace in Manila.
It is understood that she will also hold an official meeting with the leaders, and also hold a private meeting with some of the leaders.
The US president and his wife are expected to attend the APEX Summit.
They will also attend a meeting between the presidents of the US, the Philippines, Japan, China and South Korea.
On January 18, the Philippine president will meet the first daughter and the first ladies spouses at the Philippine Palace in the capital city.
She will then visit Manila to meet with the Philippine ambassador to the US.
In an interview with CNN Philippines, the First Lady said that she and the presidents are “very close”.
“We have a very close relationship.
They are really important to me because we’re the only two families in the world who are not Filipinos.
We’ve been through so much together.
So I don’t want to give any excuses for why they should be there,” she said.
“We’re here to work together to make our country great again, and we’re doing that.
I’m not going to give excuses.
I think that we have a really great relationship and I think they’re doing a great job,” she added.
Melania, who is the daughter of US president Ronald Reagan, has previously visited the Philippines and is a keen traveller.
She spent the year of 2017 as the US First Lady, but has only been there once so far, during the first two weeks of April.
In February, she travelled to the Philippines to help with the US President’s first trip abroad since assuming office.
Melania was spotted with her daughter, Ivanka Trump, at the Manila International Airport on her way to her husband’s inauguration.
At that time, she also took part in the US Women’s March, which was organised by the Women’s Action Network (WAN).
Melania said that her trip to the Philippine capital was meant to promote the country’s image, and to promote its economy.
“I was really excited to be able to visit the Philippines,” she told CNN Philippines.
“It was just a very special day.
It was the first time I was in Manila and I really felt at home.”
She also said that the trip was also to promote her husband Donald Trump’s agenda, and was to demonstrate that Filipinos would support their president in any decision he makes.
“This is about our country’s future and I’m going to be supporting Donald Trump and helping him move forward as president of the United, United States,” she explained.
“He’s the most successful person on the planet.
I don, as a mother, feel so blessed to be a part of that, because my husband is doing the right things and I support him.”
According to her, she wanted to go to Manila because of her husband, but she did not realise at the time that she would be there for four months.
Melania’s first official trip overseas was in October 2016, when the US first lady spent a week in Australia, where she toured schools and visited museums.
The first couple also visited Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.
Melania has been busy with the APEEC summit and is expected on January 17 to hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, during which she will discuss trade and investments.
The Philippine president has also been travelling the world, including to Australia, Mexico, Japan and South Africa.
He is scheduled next to visit Russia, Turkey and India.
In the first part of his US tour, the president will hold meetings with leaders of ASEEN countries, and is scheduled for meetings with representatives of AFRICOM and NATO.