First lady's jacket is a gift to memers online

First lady's jacket is a gift to memers online

The First Lady's visit last Thursday to a Texas shelter housing migrant children was overshadowed by the jacket she wore with the words, "I really don't care, do U?", scrawled in white brush strokes on the back.

Designer Herve Pierre, who sometimes acts as Melania Trump's stylist, had never seen the controversial jacket - which is from the fast-fashion clothing line Zara's 2016 collection - before the first lady wore it this week, according to an interview with Women's Wear Daily.

The first lady's visit comes as President Donald Trump's administration has separated members of families that cross U.S. borders illegally, sending thousands of children to holding camps around the country.

Stephanie Grisham, Melania's spokesperson, said the First Lady was keen to thank staff and have a look at the facilities for herself. The first lady wore a different pale yellow jacket when she disembarked. "There's no message. I hope we can talk about her important visit with children today rather than her wardrobe choice". She inquired about the children's physical and mental care.

Third-graders welcomed Melania with a large paper American flag they'd signed taped to a wall.

Her visit comes as the Trump administration tries to spin the family separation crisis in their favor. "It's my honest hope Congress will be able to reach across the aisle & find a solution!" the first lady captioned a video of her unannounced visit to McAllen, Texas.

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On Wednesday, when signing the executive order to reverse the policy on separating children from parents, Trump cited his daughter and his wife as influencing his decision.

And sometimes, a first lady's choices can undercut her message, like when Michelle Obama drew scrutiny for sporting a pair of $540 Lanvin sneakers to volunteer at a food bank. She says half are boys and half are girls, and they range in age from age 5 to 12.

"I like to dream that Melania chooses her ensembles just to piss off liberals", reads one representative tweet following the stiletto backlash.

The goal of the visit was "to take part in briefings and tours at a nonprofit social services center for children who have entered the United States illegally", a statement from Grisham says.

Melania, during a meeting with officials, asked how often the children speak to their families by telephone, how they are emotionally cared for on arrival and on average how long they stay at the facility before being placed elsewhere.

Evelyn Stauffer, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said her agency is trying to help reunite families or place unaccompanied immigrant children with an appropriate sponsor.

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