What Was Melania Trump Doing at the Border?

22 June, 2018, 06:18 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • U.S. Border Patrol agents take Central American asylum seekers into custody

The first lady landed in McAllen, Texas under a heavy downpour, her motorcade driving through deep water as it headed for the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, a federally-funded facility that houses around 60 children from Honduras and El Salvador, ages five to 17. But even after questions arose about her attire, Mrs. Trump was back in the green jacket when she returned to Washington in 80-degree weather. At right, the Zara jacket she's wearing.

Her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, told CBS News in a statement that the writing on Trump's jacket was not meant to send a message.

The jacket, with its message in white letters similiar to graffiti, received heavy coverage on social media Thursday.

Her visit comes amid growing outrage in the United States over a policy that separates migrant children who illegally enter the USA with their parents.

US First Lady Melania Trump steps off a plane upon arrival at McAllen Miller International Airport in McAllen, Texas on June 21, 2018.

Hours later President Donald Trump chimed in and claimed that the jacket message refers to "fake news". "I don't honk [sic] I'd heard from you guys yet", she wrote to a Newsweek reporter.


Do you care about how this message reflects on Melania Trump's feelings about immigration? So maybe Grisham winds up guilting the media into ignoring or underplaying the jacket story - particularly given the ongoing border crisis, in which more than 2,000 kids have been separated from their parents as a result of the ramped-up "zero-tolerance" policy. Last August, the media and public discussed the high-heeled shoes she wore to fly to Texas to view Hurricane Harvey destruction.

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

The first lady, a former fashion model, sometimes gets input on wardrobe decisions from her fashion adviser, Herve Pierre.

She visited three classrooms, each time asking the children where they came from, their ages, how long they'd been at the center and their favorite subjects. The first lady signed it as well.

After the first lady reported the tweet to the Secret Service, Fonda apologized, but there's growing pressure for Sony Pictures to pull his new movie, "Boundaries".

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