Donald Trump has waded into a row over his wife Melania’s jacket, saying the “don’t care” was a reference to the “Fake News Media”.
Defending her questionable choice of clothing the US leader said the words were a reference to “fake news”, adding: “Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!”
The First Lady used the visit to say she wanted to reunite children with their families “as quickly as possible” following her husband’s dramatic policy U-turn around the treatment of illegal immigrants.
“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
She wore the green hooded spring military jacket with the graffiti-style words on the back when boarding the plane to the facility but had changed into a different pale yellow one when the plane landed in McAllen, Texas on Thursday.
When asked what message the first lady's jacket intended to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket. There was no hidden message."
But commentators pointed out that, with a team of staff helping her to plan her every move, the choice of clothing should have been picked up before it was caught on camera.
"Melania Trump has absolutely no excuse for this! This is either severe ignorance or she's just as bad as her husband!," one US reporter wrote.
The First Lady is believed to have played a crucial role in persuading her husband to reverse his highly controversial policy of ordering border officials to separate children from their parents.
And, a day after President Trump signed the executive order keeping illegal immigrant families together, she flew from Washington to Texas to visit the facility holding some of the 2,000 children already taken away from their parents.
Whilst at the centre she made a rare public speech in which she said: “We all know that the children here have been separated from their families.
"I'd like to ask you how I can help these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible.”
She also thanked staff “for your heroic work that you do every day and what you do for those children".