First lady meets staff at Texas detention center

Melania’s careless jacket flap provides an opening

"I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" read the white letters on the back of the military-green jacket, identified as a $39 item sold by Zara, according to The Daily Mail.

Critics assumed that she was making a statement about the immigrant children who were separated from their families.

In an email to USA TODAY, her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, dismissed the idea there was anything wrong with the jacket, which Trump was wearing again when she returned to Washington Thursday evening.

Mrs. Trump wore a different pale yellow jacket when the plane landed in McAllen, Texas, for a visit to the Upbring New Hope Children's Center, which houses 55 migrant children.

"Facing worldwide outcry over the separation policy, Trump had signed an executive order on Wednesday to stop the separations and keep families together during immigration proceedings".

Later, President Donald Trump said the jacket's message was a shot at the media. The facility opened in 2014 and now houses 55 children. She called on Congress to work together on immigration legislation that would benefit the children.

She had changed into more sensible sneakers by the time she got off the plane in Texas but the Twitterverse had a field day sneering.

The president had come under withering pressure to stop separating migrant families, including from the first lady, following a public outcry sparked by widespread government-distributed images of children held in fence-like structures.

Grisham said any questions about her choice of jacket (it was raining heavily in McAllen when she arrived) are as inconsequential as the criticism on social media past year about the towering heels Trump wore to get on Air Force One when she traveled to Texas to see recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

Visiting another classroom, Mrs. Trump asked children where they were from and how long they'd been at the center where staff said children typically spend between 42 and 45 days.

This Republican, who is supportive of Trump, but skeptical of some of what they consider to be the administration's ham-handedness, says there was an urgent meeting among communications staff about how to fix this after it was becoming a story.

Grisham underscored that message in a tweet with the hashtags #SheCares and #ItsJustAJacket.

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

One of many around the country created to hold the nearly 2,300 children separated from their families. "She wanted to see everything for herself and children are an important part of her platform", Grisham told the pool.

Mrs. Trump reached her decision to make Thursday's trip before the president's executive order to keep families together was in the works.

Grisham also said she hoped the media would want to report on today's trip, which the first lady asked her staff to plan on Tuesday-two days after Grisham issued the following statement on her behalf about the border issue: "Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform".

Mrs. Trump, whose focus as first lady is on child well-being, appears to have been among those pushing him to act.

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