Melania Trump's Rose-Colored Coat Echoes Her Message: Everything's Fine

Andrew Harnik  AP

Andrew Harnik AP

Trump took on the media portals for criticising Melania's choice of clothes while visiting the US-Mexico border to meet the children of immigrant families who had been left behind due to Trump administration's Zero Tolerance policy.

She visited a schoolroom and chatted to children about what they were learning. Remember that whole "where's Melania" debacle in May?

It's safe to say a $39 (£29) Zara jacket emblazoned with "I really don't care, do u?" looks unusual in the wardrobe of a US First Lady - especially a former model known for her designer taste. There was no hidden message. Because she apparently re-wore it after leaving Texas.

Some people posted Melania's other outfit options for the day.

Conscious fashion choice or not, social media users have reacted with disbelief to the First Lady's wardrobe of choice during this particular trip.

'One interesting note here, even after this controversy erupted.Melania Trump put the jacket back on, just in time for the cameras, when she returned to Washington DC'.

We can probably argue for days as to whether she did this on goal, though it does raise eyebrows that if it weren't intentional, there would be someone in the presidential cadre who might have pointed out that a $40 Zara jacket with a potentially inflammatory message might not be the best outfit for a child prison. It's more like a dog whistle for Trump's anti-immigrant supporters: "I'm publicly supporting immigrants, but you really know I don't care".

President Donald Trump, who issued an executive order on Wednesday to stop family separation, tweeted about the jacket too, saying it referred to the "fake news media".

UPDATE: Melania Trump's spokeswoman denies that the first lady was trying to send any message with the garment she picked out to wear during a highly visible public event.

"I'm glad I'm here and I'm looking forward to seeing and meeting children", the first lady told the facility's workers as she sat down for a brief Q&A, followed by a tour. "After today's important visit to Texas, I hope this isn't what the media is going to choose to focus on", Grisham said. But the move backfired, with the message being unclear, open to misinterpretation, going over the heads of people, and distracting from the positive objective of her trip. "It's sad that we have an active and ongoing natural disaster in Texas, and people are anxious about her shoes", Grisham said. That her initiative Be Best is grammatically incorrect?

Immigration advocate David Leopold said he first assumed, when a friend sent him the photos, that it was an altered photo meant to be a joke. "It was one of those two things". Colbert said. "What was her first choice, a jacket that says "womp womp?"

"It's a jacket. There was no hidden message. We don't like to see families separated", Trump said.

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