First Lady Melania Trump made an unexpected trip to Texas to visit a immigrant children’s shelter and also managed a completely tone-deaf fashion fail in the process.
The former fashion model wore a short trench coat with a message written on the back: ‘I Really Don’t Care, Do U’ a $39 item sold by Zara.
An Associated Press photo of her boarding the plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland sporting the jacket has gone viral.
“Melania Trump” began trending on Twitter on Thursday afternoon with news about her visit and flabbergasted social media users questioned her choice of clothing.
Trump removed the jacket before exiting the airplane, reports
The Daily Mail, and she wasn’t wearing it during her visit at the Upbring New Hope Children Center in McAllen, Texas.
“It is not known whether someone drew attention to the rather brutal phrase written across the budget-friendly fashion item before she arrived in McAllen, Texas, or whether she simply chose to make a style change mid-route, as she has done on a number of previous trips,” the news outlet reports.
Trump’s team said there’s no hidden meaning behind the clothing. “It’s a jacket,” East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham
told CNN in a statement. “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.”
Social media users posted about the irony of what Trump chose to wear to visit kids separated from their families.
Thought this was photoshopped but no, this is real. While visiting children thrown into internment camps, Melania Trump actually wore a jacket saying, I don’t really care, do U” That’s like Marie Antoinette ripping a piece of bread from a starving baby and spitting on it. pic.twitter.com/B8njYXtNs7
Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 21, 2018
Others tweeted that it’s a distraction tactic of the Trump administration:
Melania Trump’s Jacket saying “I Don’t Really Care, Do U” was $39
How many $39 jackets do you think the wife of a supposed billionaire owns
This was Planned to distract us. I’m nearly certain of it.
Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein)
June 21, 2018
While we’re all talking about the jacket Melania Trump wore today, the Pentagon is making plans to house 20,000 migrant children at United States military bases.
Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw)
June 21, 2018
On Wednesday, after backlash from politicians and the general public, President Trump signed an executive order saying immigrant families will no longer be separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The separation was a result of his administration’s zero tolerance” immigration policy.
However, the order doesn’t include plans on what to do about the 2,342 children that have already been separated from their families.
During her visit, the first lady sat alongside Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar at a table at the children’s shelter and heard caregivers explain how the children are well treated, Reuters reports.
President Trump tweeted late Thursday afternoon:
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!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018