Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Melania Trump wears 'I really don't care, do U?' jacket to border

Melania Trump wears 'I really don't care, do U?' jacket to border

Melania Trump made a surprise trip to the US-Mexican border on Thursday, visiting a migrant children's shelter as her husband's administration seeks to quell a firestorm over family separations.

The images of Melania Trump sporting the olive green khaki jacket as she boarded a flight to Texas which immediately went viral surfaced as the White House struggles to calm worldwide anger over the practice of splitting migrant children from their parents. The high in the District on Friday, the first day of summer, was 86 degrees.

The First Lady's spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said in a statement that there was no ill intent behind the First Lady's outerwear.

Does the jacket actually hold a hidden meaning?

"She wants to see what's happening for herself and she wants to lend her support, executive order or not", Grisham said.

Plans for a visit to a second facility where children housed in cages were seen by The Associated Press last week were cancelled because of flooding. When an employee at the facility told her the average length of stay is now 42 to 45 days, she responded, "That's great".

The first lady helped persuade the president to end his policy of family separation at the border, White House officials have said.

If neither of those options are possible, which is the case in about 10% of the unaccompanied children, then they are placed with vetted foster families or volunteers. He ended Wednesday via executive order.

Grisham sent out a tweet saying the first lady's visit with children in Texas impacted the first lady "greatly".

She didn't wear the jacket during her visit in Texas, stepping out for the visit and meetings in white jeans, a khaki shirt and white sneakers.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is traveling with her.

He said: "Ivanka feels very strongly, my wife feels very strongly about it, I feel very strongly about it".

It's unclear who, exactly, first had the idea to say her coat's message was directed at the media.

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