- When first lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that said “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” to visit immigrant children in June, many thought the message might have been directed at the families who were separated at the border.
- But a source close to Melania told The New York Times that the jacket was actually directed at critics of her decision to visit the children.
- The first lady’s spokeswoman, however, told The Times that the jacket had no underlying message.
The infamous jacket that first lady Melania Trump wore when she flew to Texas during the Trump administration’s family separation crisis had an entirely different meaning than most people believed, a source close to the first lady told The New York Times.
The first lady attracted heavy criticism for wearing the jacket that read, “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” during part of her trip.
Many believed Trump’s jacket was insensitive to the immigrant children she was visiting, who had been forcibly separated from their parents by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. But the source told The Times that the message was actually directed at anyone inside or outside the White House who wanted to criticise her decision to visit the children.
President Donald Trump, on the other hand, said the message on her jacket had been directed at “the Fake News Media.”
“Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!” he tweeted.
The first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, has said repeatedly that the jacket wasn’t meant to send a message at all.
“No one tells the first lady what to do,” Grisham told The Times. “Our office has nothing to do with what clothing choices she makes and this situation was no different.”
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