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Melania Trump wears a 'I don't care' coat to visit migrant kids in Texas

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 6/21/2018 Maria Puente
a person looking at the camera: First lady Melania Trump boards a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., June 21, 2018, to travel to Texas. © Andrew Harnik/AP First lady Melania Trump boards a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., June 21, 2018, to travel to Texas.

Melania Trump, first lady of surprises, had another one Thursday when she donned a short trench coat with a startling message scrawled on the back for her unexpected visit to Texas to visit a migrant children's shelter.

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

a person with collar shirt © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

It seemed a contradictory message for her mission to Texas where she hoped to demonstrate how much she cares about the migrant children separated from their parents and housed in shelters there.

Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, dismissed the idea in an email to USA TODAY.

"It's a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe," Grisham said. 

   a group of people sitting at a table: Side by side: The First lady traveled with Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, for the trip which was also to a border processing center © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Side by side: The First lady traveled with Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, for the trip which was also to a border processing center

The pictures of Trump in the hooded jacket showed her boarding her jet (the FLOTUS plane is known as Executive One Foxtrot) at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Washington Thursday morning. But it wasn't entirely clear what the white, paint stroke-style lettering said.

The reporters in the press pool that accompanied her apparently didn't see it; photographers did notice it and brought it up with Grisham later during her surprise visit to McAllen, Texas, where she meet with some of the children separated from their migrant parents at the Texas border with Mexico.

By the time she arrived at the Upbring New Hope Children's Center, run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, she had ditched the jacket. Underneath she wore white tight jeans, a white trench-style shirt, and white sneakers.

Grisham suggested 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 last year about the towering heels she wore to get on Air Force One when she traveled to Texas last year to see recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

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.

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 last year.

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