Friday 15 November 2019

'I really don't care, do u?' - Melania dons jacket to visit migrant centre

U.S. first lady Melania Trump walks to her motorcade wearing a Zara design jacket with the phrase
U.S. first lady Melania Trump walks to her motorcade wearing a Zara design jacket with the phrase "I Really Don't Care. Do U?" on the back. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters newsdesk

Melania Trump has made a surprise visit to the US-Mexico border, arriving in Texas yesterday to visit the McAllen detention centre and speak to some of the migrant children.

The US first lady, who said at the weekend that she "hates" to see families separated at the border, left the White House quietly yesterday morning and flew to Texas for the visit.

As she arrived at a military airport near Washington, before heading to Texas, Mrs Trump wore a jacket with 'I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?' written in large letters on the back.

When she arrived in Texas the first lady was no longer wearing the $39 (€34) jacket from Zara. It was unclear if anyone on her staff had pointed out the words might seem inappropriate.

The choice of jacket sparked outrage on social media.

Mrs Trump's spokesperson told CNN: "It's a jacket. 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."

The president tweeted that it was a message to the "fake news media".

Mrs Trump first visited Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, part of Lutheran Social Services - a facility that currently houses about 60 children aged from five to 17, from Guatemala. Only six of the children were separated from parents, and the rest arrived as unaccompanied minors, according to a "senior administration official."

Her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, said of the border visit: "She wanted to see everything for herself. She supports family reunification. She thinks that it's important that children stay with their families."

Ms Grisham said the visit was "100 per cent her idea".

Irish Independent

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