The first lady sparked a social media firestorm on Thursday when she was photographed wearing a jacket that read "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" as she traveled to Texas to visit migrant children detained in a facility at the border.
US President Donald Trump has backed First Lady Melania Trump who was recently criticised by world media for wearing a jacket with a "message" on its back. The high in the District on Friday, the first day of summer, was 86 degrees.
White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said there was nothing symbolic about the jacket.
The images of Melania Trump sporting the olive green khaki jacket as she boarded a flight to Texas - which immediately went viral - surfaced as the White House struggles to calm worldwide anger over the practice of splitting migrant children from their parents.
But then - we just noticed ourselves - when she touched back down in Maryland after visiting Texas, she was again wearing that jacket, putting it in clear view of press photography.
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The whole group arrived on three separate boats, after some were transferred to two Italian vessels to make the journey safer. Hundreds of refugees arrived in Spain on Sunday after more than a week stranded in the Mediterranean Sea.
"It's a jacket", Grisham said, according to ABC's Meridith McGraw's post on Twitter. While boarding the plane to head toward the US-Mexican border, she wore a white long-sleeved shirt, white jeans, and Adidas sneakers, finishing the look with the tone-deaf pièce de résistance: a green parka that read "I Really Don't Care, Do U?" in enormous white lettering on the back.
The president's tweet came after commentators in the press were speculating Melania was really trolling him. "After today's important visit to Texas, I hope this isn't what the media is going to choose to focus on".
Melania Trump took a surprise trip to Texas to speak to children and officials at a shelter for migrant children.
"Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!"
A gold star to anyone who guessed that Stephen Colbert would mine comedy gold from the First Lady's weird message-embossed attire during Thursday's "Late Show" monologue, what with all the furor over children of aspiring immigrants being ripped from their parents and imprisoned in cages.
It was not the first time Melania Trump raised eyebrows for her fashion choices when out in the field: past year she wore needle-thin high stiletto heels to observe the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey.
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