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‘I don’t care’: Melania’s controversial coat to visit migrant children

Written in giant, white letters on the back were the words: "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" The facility opened in 2014 and now houses 55 children.

"What is the objective of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct", Trump said in a tweet on Thursday as he renewed his call for a change in Senate rules to allow legislation to move with a simple majority.

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

The notoriously private former model is intentional about her wardrobe choices: the instantly-iconic white hat for the French state visit, her white suit at the State of the Union speech and the pussy bow blouse she donned after the "Access Hollywood" tape surfaced all sent a clear message.

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.

Melania Trump says her visit with migrant children has "impacted me greatly". There was no hidden message. Grisham underscored that message with a tweet and the hashtags #SheCares and #ItsJustAJacket. She went straight to the Oval Office to brief the president, who later tweeted that the jacket's message referred to her feelings about the "Fake News Media". The administration also has called for a permanent legislative fix but congressional Republicans said the House was likely to reject two immigration bills created to halt the practice of splitting up families and address a range of other immigration issues. "Do u?" written on the back.


"I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion and your kindness", the first lady said at a roundtable briefing at Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, with doctors and medical staff, social workers and other experts on hand.

Trump, during a roundtable 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.

First lady Melania Trump with artwork of an American flag while visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center in McAllen, Texas, June 21, 2018.

"I'm here to learn about your facility", she said.

She ignored question from reporters as she entered the presidential motorcade.

"Spending time with them reinforces the fact that these kids are in this situation as a direct result of adult actions", she said.


Grisham released a statement last weekend saying the first lady "hates" to see children separated from their families and "believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart".

"We see them as if they were our own", said Roy De La Cerda, the program director.

Her visit came a day after her husband, President Donald Trump, signed an executive order reversing the policy of separating the children of illegal migrants from their parents at the border.

Mrs. Trump, whose focus as first lady is on child well-being, appears to have been among those pushing him to act.

The first lady was on the southern border on Thursday to see firsthand the reality behind her husband's "zero tolerance" border policy.


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