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PHOTO: Melania Trump Wears Jacket Saying ‘I Really Don’t Care Do U?’ on Trip to Visit Migrant Children at the Border

Of all jackets to wear...
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MCALLEN, TX - JUNE 21: U.S. first lady Melania Trump smiles after signing a welcome poster made for her after a round table discussion with doctors and social workers at the Upbring New Hope Childrens Center operated by Lutheran Social Services of the South and contracted with the Department of Health and Human Services June 21, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. The first lady traveled to Texas to see first hand the condition and treatment that migrant children taken from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border are receiving from the federal government. Following public outcry and criticism from members of his own party, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to stop the separation of migrant children from their families, a practice the administration employed to deter illegal immigration at the border. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.”

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.”

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.

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