Trips to Vietnam Are a McCain Family Affair

It’s back to Vietnam for Cindy McCain, where she is known as a passionate supporter of Operation Smile.

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In a symbolic move that highlights her international experiences and passion for childrens charities, Cindy McCain this week travels to Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia to renew her ties to programs like Operation Smile. Now that she's the wife of the presumptive GOP presidential candidate, her visit should help draw more press to her international charity work.

Officials tell Whispers that she will be in Vietnam on Thursday to tour the General Hospital of Khanh Hoa Province and watch the Operation Smile screenings of children, where surgery candidates are chosen. Operation Smile provides funding and support for surgery to correct facial deformities in children. On Friday, she will be in Thailand for a briefing on the United Nations World Food Program, which she also helps with. They will be telling her about their operations in Myanmar.

McCain officials said she also had a stop planned in Cambodia. Officials said that McCain had been concerned that she would not be able to make her regular visits to Asia to support the charities but was encouraged by the campaign to stick with her plans. Some press will be with her.