Mrs Melania Trump has been criticised for the choice of her coat worn on a trip to a migrant child detention center in Texas on Thursday (June 21).
The First Lady wore a military jacket with the words “I really don’t care, do u?” while she boarded a plane for her trip.
The jacket, which was previously sold for $39 at Zara, but is currently sold out, according to Marie Claire, can be seen in several photos, and was confirmed by her spokesperson in a statement, who tried to quell the rising social media backlash.
“It’s a jacket,” FLOTUS spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said.
“There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope this isn’t what the media is going to choose to focus on.”
Mrs Melania Trump wore the jacket when she boarded the plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, and had changed her outfit before she disembarked in Texas, according to the Daily Mail.
The First Lady wore the same jacket even after media curiosity erupted over her fashion choice. She was wearing it as she got off the plane after landing at Andrews Air Force Base on Thursday.
Mrs Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham lambasted US media on Twitter for focusing on her fashion choice
“Today’s visit w the children in Texas impacted @flotus greatly. 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. #SheCares #ItsJustAJacket,” Grisham tweeted.
During Mrs Trump’s previously unannounced trip to Texas, Trump first went to the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen, Texas, and spoke with the facility’s staff.
This controversy comes as the Trump administration continues to see massive protests against its practice of detaining immigrants and separating families at the border.
The majority of the 55 children housed at the facility crossed the border unaccompanied, but some were separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy towards illegal immigration.
Mrs Trump mingled with children during their lessons, asking them how long they had been in the facility and how often they are able to speak to their parents.
On Wednesday (June 20), Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep families together at the border. However, it’s been criticized for doing little for families that have already been separated.
The Prsident of the United States reacted to the backlash against the jacket later on Thursday.
“‘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!” he wrote on Twitter.
Twitter users were quick to criticise the first lady’s jacket faux pas and the not-so-hidden message.
“Let’s get one thing straight: Melania Trump did not accidentally wear a $30 jacket she just happened to have around with all her other very expensive designer clothes on this trip. This was intentional,” a user tweeted.
“Melania wearing an ‘I don’t care’ jacket to the border has got to be the world’s most tone deaf move since Marie Antoinette,” another wrote.
One user made the point the jacket would likely have been received far better online, had it been worn on any other occasion.
“If melania had worn that jacket on almost any other day, the photo would have like 80,000 manual retweets of people just saying “same”,” the user commented.
This is not the first time Mrs Trump has come under fire for her wardrobe.
Ahead of a visit with victims of Hurricane Harvey last year, photos of the first lady heading to the airport in stiletto heels drew ire on social media.
She changed into trainers before landing in Texas, but people still questioned her decision.