Melania Trump doubles-down with "I really don't care" jacket

Frederick Owens
June 25, 2018

US First Lady Melania Trump's visit to a shelter facility at the US-Mexico border, where immigrant children are being housed, was marred by a controversy as she was criticised for her wardrobe choice. While the visit itself may have shown that she cares about what's taking place, following her husband's missteps (perhaps this is too lenient of a word), it was the jacket she wore in transit which will undoubtedly get most of the attention.

Ms Trump visited the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter on Thursday, which is home to some 55 migrant children placed in the care of US Department of Health and Human Services.

President Trump, in an apparent attempt to deflect the criticism over his wife's attire, tweeted that the jacket Melania wore "refers to the Fake News Media".

The first lady of the USA Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to Texas on June 21 - in the center for keeping children of illegal migrants on the US-Mexican border.

"I like to dream that Melania chooses her ensembles just to piss off liberals", reads one representative tweet following the stiletto backlash.

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Melania's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said the jacket was not meant to send a message.

The first lady's stop came the morning after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating these families. For trips, particularly those overseas, the first lady's staff typically prepares a "wardrobe memo" as part of her schedule, McBride said. At the same time, we don't want people coming into our country illegally'. However, reuniting the over 2,000 children with their parents will be no easy feat. A White House official followed up Wednesday, saying Mrs. Trump had been making her opinion known to the president that he needed to act to keep migrant families together.

At the facility the first lady talked with staff about how the children were being treated and asked how she could help. But she has lots and lots of jackets. She says this leaves groups like hers "uncertain" about how to manage those kids already in detention in the U.S.

Emma McIlroy, chief executive of the Wildfang clothing company told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the new jackets were designed and ready for sale the same day as the visit of Melania to Texas.

Others chose to poke fun at the first lady and the situation in general, with hashtags such as #MelaniaAntoinette and #Melaniasjacket featuring prominently.

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