A day after Melania Trump’s tone-deaf decision to wear a military jacket with the phrase, “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?,” emblazoned on the back while en route to a detention center for immigrant children, FLOTUS is speaking out.
On Friday, Trump took to Twitter with a video from her travels to the center in McAllen, Texas; the video shows her shaking hands with the young kids (whose faces are not shown) and admiring their artwork.
“Visiting w children at the shelter in #Texas yesterday was very touching,” she wrote on Twitter alongside the video. “Despite the difficult circumstances children were in good spirits & very kind. It’s my sincere hope Congress will be able to reach across the aisle & find a solution!”
The video and its accompanying message ignore the coat controversy completely, as Melania is only depicted in the rosey, safari-esque jacket that she paired with white jeans and Stan Smith sneakers during her time inside the center.
However, after leaving Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on her way back home to the White House, FLOTUS was spotted re-wearing the $39 Zara parka that sent social media ablaze with its callous message in the first place.
While many critiqued her poor style choice, implying that it was a sign of apathy, Trump’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said the parka did not hold a hidden message.
“Today’s visit w the children in Texas impacted @flotus greatly. If media would spend their time & energy on her actions & efforts to help kids – rather than speculate & focus on her wardrobe – we could get so much accomplished on behalf of children,” she said, adding hashtags #SheCares #ItsJustAJacket for good measure.
To make matters more confusing, President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday evening to say that the jacket did actually hold a deeper meaning. “”I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media,” he wrote. “Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!”
Though Melania’s intentions may never be made crystal clear, no one can deny the coat’s bold statement. Yet we’re still left wondering, does she or doesn’t she care?