She immigrated to America at age 7 (other sources say ten) she seems quite fluent to me.

From Wikipedia

Khalifa attended a French-language private school in Beirut, where she also learned to speak English.[3] She moved with her family to the United States in 2001,[4] leaving their home in the wake of the South Lebanon conflict

Sample from Youtube: BBC HARDtalk interview.

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    Everyone speaks English with some form of accent. Sep 13, 2022 at 12:02
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    I believe the OP meant foreign (non-native) accent that is influenced from a first language, and there is the "non-native-english" tag as well; although the OP could clarify with additional wording.
    – ermanen
    Sep 13, 2022 at 13:09
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    @ermanen Well, American is a foreign accent! But yes, I can't discern a French or Arabic twang to the American.
    – Andrew Leach
    Sep 13, 2022 at 16:01
  • 7-10 is still early enough to have a native accent, in general.
    – Esther
    Sep 13, 2022 at 17:23
  • I can hear no trace of a non-English accent.
    – Greybeard
    Oct 13, 2022 at 14:03

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Yes. She speaks English with an American accent. Others may be able to be more specific about which American accent.

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    Yeah, definitely a Minnesota accent.
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 13, 2022 at 12:36
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    Didn't listen to the whole thing (just her first response) and there really isn't anything in her speech to suggest she isn't American-born.
    – Yorik
    Sep 13, 2022 at 15:46
  • She has a flat midwestern accent, which news readers use, and could be described as neutral. I would think it is the American counterpart to British RP.
    – Robusto
    Oct 13, 2022 at 13:20

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