After Melania Trump’s choice of jacket during her visit to the Mexican border sparked a groundswell of backlash on Thursday, President Donald Trump weighed in, saying her jacket referred to the “Fake News media.”
Before her flight to Texas, Melania Trump was seen wearing a Zara jacket with the words “I really don’t care, do u?” emblazoned on the back.
Trump addressed the uproar over her jacket in a Tweet on Thursday afternoon, writing, “‘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!”
“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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
In contrast to the president’s comments, the first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham had previously said there was no message being sent at all, according to ABC reporter Meredith McGraw.
“It’s a jacket. 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,” Grisham said.
The first lady visited the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen, Texas, and the trip was made with the intention to give support to children who have been separated from their parents, Grisham had previously stated, according to the Associated Press. Upbring New Hope Children’s Center helps children who crossed the border unaccompanied, not children who have been taken from their parents.
“She wanted to see everything for herself,” Grisham continued. “She told her staff she wanted to go and we made that happen.”
The First Lady’s trip came in the wake of a national furor over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating children from their families at the Mexican border. Although Trump caved to political pressure and announced an executive order ending the policy on Wednesday, it is not yet clear how the administration will reunite the thousands of families that have already been separated.