Jacket worn by First Lady Melania Trump creates firestorm of controversy

First lady Melania Trump visits McAllen amid crisis over family separation

Earlier when asked what message the first lady's jacket meant to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket".

The "Green Hooded Military Jacket" is made by Zara and sold for $39. It was not available online as of Thursday afternoon.

First lady Melania Trump's unannounced visit to McAllen, Texas to visit immigrant children in a detention center was meant to send a message that she cares. Grisham told reporters on the trip that the visit was the first lady's idea, and she planned the visit before the president signed his executive order.

The controversy has to do with a message on the back of her jacket.

In fact, the first lady's sartorial choices have been fodder for several episodes of Twitter mocking, including the $51,000 Dolce & Gabbana jacket she wore in Italy past year.

The Trump administration came under widespread criticism over the separations, which it said were necessary under the existing laws barring the jailing of children.

Upon arriving back at Andrews on Thursday evening, hours after a public firestorm over the the jacket, Trump was again photographed wearing it.

The First Lady's spokesperson has said in a statement of the jacket, "It's a jacket...there was no hidden message". "She thinks that it's important that children stay with their families". The facility, operated by Lutheran Social Services of the South and contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services, is a former nursing home-turned-shelter that now houses almost 60 children between the ages of 12 and 17. Upon landing, the first lady emerged in jeans and sneakers.

Melania was not wearing the jacket when she landed in McAllen, Texas.

"We all know they are here without their families and I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion, and your kindness you are giving to them in these difficult times", Trump told the staff members. Children ages 6-17 receive lifesaving support at New Hope, including food, clothing, medical care, case management, education and psychological and spiritual care.

At one of the 2016 presidential debates, she showed up in a bright pink silk blouse with a large bow at the neck, long known as a "pussy bow blouse".

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