Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

First lady makes unannounced visit to Texas to see migrant children

Mr Trump's determination to be in pole position was demonstrated at a NATO summit last year when he appeared to shove the Montenegro PM out of the way to get to the front in First lady makes unannounced visit to Texas to see migrant children
Lora Ball | 22 June, 2018, 08:32

Journalist Nina Terrero hit out at the First Lady, writing on Twitter: "Melania Trump wears Zara on a visit to a Texas children's shelter in an overture to appear as one of the good people..."

The Daily Mail first reported on Thursday that Melania Trump was photographed wearing the Zara jacket while boarding a plane to visit immigrant children held in detention centers.

According to the first lady's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, there's no "hidden message" behind the jacket.

Her spokeswoman told Business Insider that "there was no hidden message".

When a London tabloid published a story online this afternoon that first lady Melania Trump wore a jacket emblazoned with the (huge) words "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" while en route to visit migrant children separated from their parents, the collective reaction was this: It must, MUST be a hoax.

So maybe this was a way of telling her husband: "I really don't care" about how much you want to crack down on the borders; this isn't fair to children.

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The youthful jacket sharply contrasts with the first lady's typically bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe.

"Here's the thing: Someone in that operation should have seen th [sic] jacket and thought 'Hmmm, maybe this is't the best idea, '" CNN's Chris Cillizza said. Mrs. Trump, herself an immigrant from Slovenia, signed the flag and gifted it back to the center.

Later, President Donald Trump said the jacket's message was a shot at the media. Trump tweeted. News of the first lady's surprise visit made a media splash on the heels of Trump's decision to end family separation with the power of the pen in an executive order. But it wasn't long before the first lady's controversial jacket threatened to overshadow the entire goodwill junket to the border.

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.

The kids the first lady visited there were aged 12-17, and most crossed into the U.S.as unaccompanied minors, but six of the children were separated from their families upon being detained.

An administration official briefing the press before the visit said most children at an HHS-funded and regulated facility such as this one remain there for approximately 58 days, receiving medical, dental, vision and psychological care, as well as what the official described as the ability to be inside a "safe and happy environment". She referenced the incident in a statement sent to reporters Thursday.

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