Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

First lady's 'don't care' jacket is a gift to memers online

First lady's 'don't care' jacket is a gift to memers online

Melania Trump surprised the world by visiting child migrants on the US-Mexico border Thursday - but it was her choice of clothing for the trip that stunned the internet: a jacket emblazoned with the words "I really don't care, do you?"

The military-style jacket is reportedly a $39 Zara garment that has "I really don't care, do u?" printed on the back, according to The Daily Mail.

President Trump signs executive order ending family separation policyThe trip was meant to lend support to those children who remain separated from their parents, said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman. There was no hidden message.

Ms Trump visited the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter on Thursday, which is home to some 55 migrant children placed in the care of US Department of Health and Human Services.

"I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion and your kindness", the first lady said at a roundtable briefing at Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, with doctors and medical staff, social workers and other experts on hand.

In fact, the first lady's sartorial choices have been fodder for several episodes of Twitter mocking, including the $51,000 Dolce & Gabbana jacket she wore in Italy a year ago.

Trump´s announcement came as his wife, Melania, made a damage-control visit to a border detention facility in Texas where children are being held. But even after questions arose about her attire, Mrs. Trump was back in the green jacket when she returned to Washington in 80-degree weather. "It is my hope that Members of Congress will finally reach across the aisle and work together to solve this problem with common sense immigration reform that secures our borders and keeps families together". Grisham underscored that message with a tweet and the hashtags #SheCares and #ItsJustAJacket. The first lady's visit came the morning after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating families that entered the USA illegally. More than 2,300 children were separated from their families between mid-April and early June.

"This was 100% her idea", said Grisham of Trump's decision to travel to McAllen, making clear the first lady is not on a mission assigned by the President nor is she acting as his emissary.

The first lady said in a written statement after she returned to the White House that the visit had "impacted me greatly". "Be kind and nice to each other, OK", she said as she left one classroom at Upbring New Hope Children's Center and headed for another. The president had insisted incorrectly that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because children can not go to jail with adults who are being criminally prosecuted for crossing the border illegally.

"We see them as if they were our own", said Roy De La Cerda, the program director.

Ms Trump's border visit came one day after her husband bowed to public pressure and signed an executive order to end family separations at the border.

Mrs. Trump, whose focus is on children, may have helped encourage her husband to act.

The first lady said she wanted to lend her support to the children, and asked staff to reunite them with their families as quickly as possible.

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