First Lady Melania will represent the U.S. in her first independent tour


First Lady Melania Trump will take her first solo trip outside the country to lead the U.S. delegation to the annual Invictus Games to be held in Toronto September 23-30.

The Invictus Games, which honor servicemen and women injured in combat, were started in 2014 by Britain’s Prince Harry. This year, more than 550 participants from 17 different countries will compete in 12 different para-Olympic style activities, including swimming, cycling, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. Approximately 90 American athletes will take part in the event.

Melania announced the trip in a statement on Thursday, saying, “In just two short years, the Invictus Games have allowed thousands of injured and wounded servicemen and women from many different countries to participate in adaptive sports competitions — something that should be lauded and supported worldwide. I am honored by the opportunity to represent our country at this year’s games.”

The first Invictus Games event took place in London in 2015, and the United States hosted last year’s event in Orlando, Florida, noted Melania.

Former first lady Michelle Obama, who, with Prince Harry, kicked off the 2016 Invictus Games in the host city of Orlando.

Melania has so far accompanied her husband on three trips abroad, but this will be the first time she goes out of the country on her own as a first lady.

On Tuesday evening, she accompanied her husband to a rally in Ohio and introduced him to a crowd of several thousand people. On Wednesday, it was reported that the first lady held a full day of meetings with her East Wing staff.

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