The visit was supposed to be a closely held secret. Officially, all that students and teachers at Bak Middle School of the Arts knew was that VIPs would be on campus Friday morning.
But with dueling contingents of American and Chinese security officials scouring the school on Wednesday and Thursday, it was little surprise when the motorcade pulled up at 11 a.m. and out stepped first lady Melania Trump and Madame Peng Liyuan, the wife of China’s President Xi Jinping.
They spent slightly less than an hour on campus at the public arts school in northern West Palm Beach. But it was enough time to take in multiple music performances, visit four classrooms and chat with awed students, including one boy who had a special moment with Peng.