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Trump Says First Lady's Jacket Was Message for the Media

But rep had said there was 'no hidden message'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 21, 2018 4:33 PM CDT
Updated Jun 22, 2018 6:41 AM CDT
First lady Melania Trump boards a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, to travel to Texas.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – First lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that read "I really don't care, do u?" as she boarded a flight Thursday to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents, the AP reports. The green, hooded military jacket from Zara had the words written graffiti-style on the back. (The Daily Beast has a full shot of the back.) When asked what message the first lady's jacket intends to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "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 underscored that message in a tweet with the hashtags #SheCares and #ItsJustAJacket. President Trump, however, later tweeted that the slogan "refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!"

Mrs. Trump changed into a pale yellow jacket before the plane landed in McAllen, Texas, for a visit to the Upbring New Hope Children's Center, which houses 55 migrant children. Like it or not, Trump's jacket had her trending on Twitter. One user borrowed an image of the back of the Zara jacket to promote groups working on behalf of immigrant children. Zara, a Spanish-based company with a large presence in the United States and around the world, had no comment on the uproar. The jacket belongs to the company's spring-summer 2016 season. The youthful jacket sharply contrasts with the first lady's typically bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe. In public appearances, the first lady has worn designs by Dolce & Gabbana, Del Pozo, Christian Dior, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy and Valentino, often with daringly high Christian Louboutin heels. (Read more Melania Trump stories.)

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