Of all the jackets to wear, the First Lady went with this one.
Melania Trump wore a military jacket with the words “I really don’t care, do u?” while she boarded a plane to visit a detention center for immigrant children in McAllen, Texas.
The jacket, which previously sold for $39 at Zara, is now sold out. The First Lady’s spokespeople soon pushed back against suggestions that the photo was doctored. The jacket is, in fact, real.
“It’s a jacket,” Stephanie Grisham, a spokesperson for Mrs. Trump, said. “There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope this isn’t what the media is going to choose to focus on.”
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She adds, "I hope we can talk about her important visit with children today rather than her wardrobe choice.“ https://t.co/oakCmVpEG4
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) June 21, 2018
Why did the First Lady, a woman with the power to set fashion trends around the world and who has been noted for more sensible wardrobe choices in the past, wear such a jacket on the same day as her trip to a child detention center?
These questions––and more––irked many of Mrs. Trump’s critics. One called the jacket an “unfortunate sartorial decision.”
There was no “hidden message” because the message was right there for the whole world to see. https://t.co/Gkhs08IGfZ
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) June 21, 2018
The jacket Melanie wore on the way to meeting the kids held in internment camps has “I don’t really care, do you?” written on the back.
Fuck these people and fuck anyone who says we should be polite to them or maintain decorum. pic.twitter.com/Velfj2Nr4j
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 21, 2018
Melania Trump wore this jacket as she boarded a plane to go visit kids ripped away from their parents.
Even *if* this was by mistake, why did NO ONE from the WH notice this and advise her to change her coat?🤬 pic.twitter.com/Bivnfm90Bj
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) June 21, 2018
— Mashable (@mashable) June 21, 2018
"It's a jacket. There was no hidden message." — Melania Trump spox
Here's the thing: SOMEONE in that operation should have seen th jacket and though "Hmmm, maybe this is't the best idea." pic.twitter.com/A6JZwZ1cFd
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 21, 2018
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) June 21, 2018
News outlets reported that Melania Trump changed her outfit while traveling. She arrived at Upbring New Hope Children’s Center, part of Lutheran Social Services of the South sporting less casual attire.
“I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion and your kindness,” the First Lady said during a roundtable briefing at Upbring New Hope.
She was greeted by Upbring CEO Dr. Kirk Senske as well as doctors, medical staff, and social workers who work with the organization.
“We’re honored to show you our shelter,” Senske told the First Lady. “We treat them like our own children.”
Mrs. Trump asked several questions, including how many times the children speak with their families, according to individuals who were at the roundtable. She was told twice a week, though an official noted that verification processes are in place to ensure the people the children speak to are, in fact, their family members.
The First Lady was assured that basic needs––such as food and bathing––are taken care of from the moment the children arrive at the facility.
A Trump administration official assured the press that the children are entrusted to professionals who’ve created a “safe and happy environment” as CNN reported of the First Lady’s visit:
An administration official briefing the press before the visit said most children at an HHS-funded and regulated facility such as this one remain there for approximately 58 days, receiving medical, dental, vision and psychological care, as well as what the official described as the ability to be inside a “safe and happy environment.”
The official emphasized the predominant mission at this stage of the process for unaccompanied children, is to place them back with appropriate sponsors. Those sponsors can be their parents, if the parents are not involved in the judicial or criminal process or they can be other approved family members already living inside the United States.
Speaking to CNN reporters, the First Lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, stressed that the First Lady “wanted to see as close to what she had been seeing on TV.”
She wants to see a realistic view of what’s happening,” she added.