Writing on Melania Trump’s jacket causes controversy before border visit

Jun 22, 2018, 05:45
Writing on Melania Trump’s jacket causes controversy before border visit

Melania Trump made a surprise visit to Texas on Thursday to meet detained immigrant children at the USA border.

The first lady's attempt at providing damage control to the humanitarian crisis wrought by her husband's hardline immigration policies was undercut by the wording emblazoned on the back of the green utility Zara jacket she wore while boarding Air Force One. The jacket is a Zara military style piece.

The first lady's stop came the morning after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating these families.

The jacket, with its message in white letters similiar to graffiti, received heavy coverage on social media Thursday.

Stephanie Grisham told the media: "I'd hope you guys would want to cover her visit with children today".

She's right - it wasn't a hidden message; it was right there on her back. She inquired about the children's physical and mental care.

Thursday's visit was one of two that the president's wife made to the Texas facilities where some of the more than 2,300 migrant children are being housed after their families entered the USA illegally.

And it was her idea before POTUS signed the executive order, Grisham said, and she had no second thoughts after the order was signed.

"Trump asked several questions including how many times the children speak with their families". While she may not troll the media in the same way as her husband does, she knows how to dress to get a reaction.

"Now a lot of the clothes Melania wears sends the message "I really don't care", Colbert acknowledged.

And even Dictionary.com made a decision to publish a pointed tweet defining the word "indifference" and explaining its definition matched what it saw as the First Lady's message. Now instead of the images of kids behind bars, viewers were watching the first lady eager to fly south and learn about their plight.

When Melania Trump met with detained children at the Texas border on Thursday, she struck a compassionate tone, asking staff at the facility: "How I can help. these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible?"

On the flight, Grisham confirmed that the first lady had seen the images and recordings of the separated children.

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