Melania Trump’s jacket on visit to migrants stirs controversy

Leroy Wright
June 22, 2018

But in some sort of bizarrely insensitive fashion no-no, Melania chose to board the plane to the middle of a major human rights debate wearing a long green jacket that said "I don't really care, do u?" on the back.

Wow. It's really come to this, huh? Someone must have pulled her aside to talk some sense into her while she was on the plane, because she appeared to remove the tone-deaf garment by the time she landed.

Critics assumed that she was making a statement about the immigrant children who were separated from their families.

The wardrobe choice drew plenty of criticism on social media where many called it tone deaf, comparing it with Melania Trump's decision to wear stiletto heels during another one of her visits to Texas, that time to survey the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

She told children to "be kind and nice to each other" as she left another classroom.

As congressional Republicans look to pass sweeping immigration bills Thursday, Trump says Democrats are obstructionists and is accusing them of not caring about the children separated from their parents.

Seattle Mayor and former USA attorney Jenny Durkan said Thursday at a news conference on the outskirts of El Paso that immigrant shelters have been overwhelmed by criminal prosecutions ordered by the Trump administration.

When asked what message the first lady's jacket meant to send, a spokeswoman said: "It's a jacket".

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Protesters packed Pittsburgh's Sixth Presbyterian Church Wednesday night to denounce the Trump administration's family separation policy, which has resulted in thousands of migrant children being separated from their families after their parents were detained for attempting to illegally enter the U.S.

A lot of people have interpreted the jacket as crass and belittling of people's concerns about child separations on the border.

The First Lady made it too easy.

So maybe her choice to wear an affordable high-street jacket can be seen as a purposeful move to throw away critiques about being out of touch?

"I'm glad I'm here and I'm looking forward to seeing the children", she said at a roundtable with center workers. Even when the policy of family separation ends, untold damage will have already been done.

When she arrived in Texas the first lady was no longer wearing the $39 (€34) jacket from Zara.

"She wants to see what's real", the first lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told CNN en route to Texas.

Reactions to the wardrobe choice were mixed on social media. She had on the same shoes when she visited hurricane flood zones in Texas previous year.

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