JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES (JUNE 21, 2018) (RESTRICTED POOL) – Melania Trump, the wife of U.S. President Donald Trump, on Thursday (June 21) visited children displaced by the country’s immigration crisis in Texas, only a day after Trump reversed course and ordered families to be kept intact when entering the United States illegally from Mexico.
But the jacket the U.S. first lady wore for Thursday’s trip conveyed a different message.
“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” was daubed on the back of her jacket in large white brush strokes.
The first lady, a former fashion model, sometimes gets input on wardrobe decisions from her fashion adviser, Herve Pierre.
“It’s a jacket,” Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, told reporters. “There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe.”
The first lady’s unannounced visit came a day after her husband signed an executive order to modify his administration’s practice of separating children from their migrant parents when they illegally enter the United States.
Children have been sent to detention centers and foster homes while their parents are detained and prosecuted.
Defending his wife’s choice of jacket, Trump blamed the media, tweeting: “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!”