First lady Melania Trump was in her element while visiting the children of Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital in Rome on Wednesday.
According to her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, Trump was greeted by the children in unison with a “Ciao Melania.”
“She went in the children’s [intensive care unit], which was very emotional,” Grisham said. “She spoke to them in Italian, she signed bandages and she took lots of selfies.”
The president himself wrote a letter to Pope Francis asking if the first lady could visit the hospital, stressing the fact that it was very important to her.
The first lady visited with children from nine countries and handed out gifts, including backpacks from the White House which contained coloring supplies.
Bambino Gesù was the first pediatric facility in Italy. It is now run by the Catholic Church and provides free health care and housing for approximately 3,500 families.
The hospital houses roughly 600 patients, with some children coming from as far as Iraq and Nepal