Melania Trump was reportedly seen wearing an army-style jacket with the phrase “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” on the back while boarding and departing a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on Thursday.
The first lady was en route to Texas to visit the U.S.-Mexico border, where immigrant children are currently being held, when she was spotted donning the jacket. When she got off the plane in Texas, she was no longer wearing the jacket.
When HuffPost asked Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham of the outfit, Grisham said: “I’d hope you guys would want to cover her visit with children today. It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe. (Much like her high heels last year).” Trump sparked criticism in 2017 for donning Manolo Blahnik stilettos while visiting Hurricane Harvey-stricken Houston, Texas.
Grisham did not confirm where the jacket came from.
Upon arriving back at Andrews on Thursday evening, hours after a public firestorm over the the jacket, Trump was again photographed wearing it.
President Donald Trump then tweeted about the controversy, offering a different take on the jacket from what the first lady’s spokesperson said earlier in the day:
“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
Clearer photos of the jacket can be seen on the blog Crazy Loves Fashion from a post in 2017. The blogger’s jacket bears remarkable similarities to the one Trump was wearing.
A person familiar with the situation who did not want to be identified said he could clearly see lettering on the front of Trump’s jacket that matches that of the Zara jacket seen in the blogger’s images.
Reactions to the jacket have exploded on social media:
Worst First Lady ever https://t.co/RXpc3EBWUy— erin ryan has a podcast now (@morninggloria) June 21, 2018
Melania's fashion continues to be a personal source of delight and befuddlement in equal measure. https://t.co/iRu9xvDpX0— MeredithB-S (@MBennettSmith) June 21, 2018
When people reveal themselves, believe them. https://t.co/y3f9RznNZs— Lily Herman (@lkherman) June 21, 2018
Ironic, isn't it.— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) June 21, 2018
Trump wrongly accuses the press of creating "fake news".
Melania wears something so inappropriate that we are all scrambling to find out whether the photos of her are in fact "fake" and photoshopped.
Melania Trump jacket that says “I don’t really care, do you?” $39— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 21, 2018
Cost to taxpayers to fly her to Texas: $200,000#BlueWave in Congress and statehouses in November: Priceless
i thought this was the onion— rachel syme (@rachsyme) June 21, 2018
it is not the onion pic.twitter.com/BX72lLWazi
Trump went to Texas on Thursday to visit a detention center for undocumented immigrant children. The visit happened just one day after Trumpsigned an executive order to “stop separating undocumented immigrant parents and their children and instead detain them together.”
“I’m here to learn about your facility, in which I know you house children on a long-term basis,” said Melania Trump while at the Upbring New Hope Children’s Shelter. “And I’d also like to ask you how I can help these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible.”
Sebastian Murdock contributed reporting.
This story has been updated with a new photo that clearly shows the jacket and President Trump’s tweet.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.