First lady's jacket overshadows trip to visit immigration children

First lady Melania Trump boards a plane at Andrews Air Force Base Md. Thursday

First lady Melania Trump boards a plane at Andrews Air Force Base Md. Thursday

First lady Melania Trump boarded a flight to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents wearing a jacket that read "I really don't care, do u?"

The military-style jacket is reportedly a $39 Zara garment that has "I really don't care, do u?" printed on the back, according to The Daily Mail. The facility housed 55 boys and girls, ages 12-17, on Thursday, but only about six of them had been separated from parents, officials said.

Both supporters and critics were quick to comment on Trump's tweet.

Twitter users were quick to criticise the first lady's jacket faux pas and the not-so-hidden message.

In fact, the first lady's sartorial choices have been fodder for several episodes of Twitter mocking, including the $51,000 Dolce & Gabbana jacket she wore in Italy previous year. "After today's important visit to Texas, I hope this isn't what the media is going to choose to focus on", Grisham said. There was no hidden message.

Grisham also tweeted this: "Today's visit w the children in Texas impacted @flotus greatly". But even after questions arose about her attire, Mrs. Trump was back in the green jacket when she returned to Washington in 80-degree weather.

Given the maelstrom of horror over the child separation policy (and massively bad press for the President) that preceded Melania Trump's trip, it strains the imagination to believe Grisham's story that this was all a big misunderstanding. She re-donned the jacket and wore it when she deplaned back at Andrews Air Force Base despite the media storm that had erupted over her initial wearing.

Not this time. Melania chose to display a statement in plain English on her body while representing the United States on an official trip in her official capacity as first lady. "It's sad that we have an active and ongoing natural disaster in Texas, and people are anxious about her shoes", Grisham said.

The $39 jacket, which Mrs. Trump donned before and after a visit to migrant children in Texas on Thursday, has become the ideal blank canvas to sound off online.

Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, part of Lutheran Social Services of the South, is a Department of Health and Human services-overseen facility, which operates with the assistance of HHS funding. She had changed into white sneakers by the time she and the president landed.

Excuse me? The media isn't preventing the first lady from helping children - and reporters and commentators like me can't do a lot for the kids who are now being held apart from their parents.

The first lady said she wanted to lend her support to the children, and asked staff to reunite them with their families as quickly as possible.

As the first lady was visiting Texas, Mr Trump said at a cabinet meeting that he was directing federal agencies to begin reuniting children and parents separated at the US-Mexico border, a first step to implementing his executive order.

"Right now, we're averaging 42 to 45 days", de la Cerda said.

Her visit came a day after her husband, President Donald Trump, signed an executive order reversing the policy of separating the children of illegal migrants from their parents at the border.

Mrs. Trump, whose focus is on children, may have helped encourage her husband to act.

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