Trump tells federal agencies to reunite families at border; Melania visits region

Erika Holt
June 22, 2018

FLOTUS Melania Trump deliberately wore her controversial 'I don't care, do u?' jacket to meet detained child migrants, an expert claims.

Her visit comes a day after Trump, in a stunning about-face, took executive action to end the practice of separating migrant families at the border, the result of a "zero tolerance" policy towards illegal border crossers. Images taken at detention centers showed children being kept in large metal cages apart from their parents and ProPublica released audio of children crying for their family after being detained.

Melania Trump sparked controversy as she donned the jacket saying: "I really don't care, do u" (sic).

"You can say there are no hidden messages here, but of course there are", said Dawnn Karen, a fashion psychologist and branding consultant.

Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham wrote: "Today's visit w the children in Texas impacted @flotus greatly".

When asked what message the jacket meant to send, spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket".

First lady Melania Trump, pictured visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Centre, planned the trip herself despite her husband's rhetoric on immigration.

But an army green jacket she wore boarding her plane to Texas at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland sent a very different message.

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Separately, the USA military was asked by the government to get ready to house up to 20,000 unaccompanied immigrant children at military bases, Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis said.

Grisham added that the trip was "100 percent her idea". "She was concerned about it".

"I would also like to ask you how I can help these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible".

Does the jacket actually hold a hidden meaning?

Some 2,300 migrant children have been separated from their families since May, according to the government.

Grisham said 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 previous year about the towering heels Trump wore to get on Air Force One when she traveled to Texas to see recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey. Even President Trump's red "Make America Great Again" hats have become a way for people to not-so-silently express their views.

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

After signing his executive order this week, President Trump said he wanted the measures to be backed by legislation. The official refused to be identified discussing Trump's private conversations with his wife.

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