"She wanted to see everything for herself", said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director.
When Melania Trump boarded a plane to Texas on Thursday her jacket gave off quite the message. "There's no message. I hope we can talk about her important visit with children today rather than her wardrobe choice".
She was snapped wearing the $39 Zara khaki garment as she arrived at Andrews Air Base in Maryland Thursday, before boarding a government jet to Texas. To exit the auto and head to the plane, FLOTUS wore a green hooded jacket. "If media would spend their time & energy on her actions & efforts to help kids - rather than speculate & focus on her wardrobe - we could get so much accomplished on behalf of children".
Both House bills, backed by Trump but opposed by Democrats and immigration advocacy groups, would fund the wall Trump has proposed along the U.S. border with Mexico and reduce legal migration, in part by denying visas for some relatives of USA residents and citizens living overseas.
She also asked what kind of physical and mental health the children come to the facility in.
Melania Trump later visited the Upbring New Hope Children's Center, where she spoke with children and staff.
Grisham did not confirm where the jacket came from.
Many have praised Trump for seeming to diverge from Donald Trump's attitude on separating children from their families.
"We all know they are here without their families", the first lady said during a roundtable discussion at Upbring New Hope Children's Center.
The entire news cycle before this was announced wanted to make it clear that Mrs. Trump was acting upon on her own desires, not the will of the President.
There was however no immediate plan in place to reunite the more than 2,300 children already separated from their families - igniting a fresh controversy over the conditions in which the children are living.
Since becoming first lady, Trump has said she wants to champion helping children, yet has been for the most part vague about how exactly she intends to accomplish her goal.