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Why Melania Trump Is Facing Criticism for Her Latest Fashion Statement

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Ivan Hill | 22 June, 2018, 05:45

On Thursday morning, Melania Trump traveled to Texas to visit detained migrant children and their caregivers at the Upbring New Hope Children's Center. The jacket is a Zara military style piece.

Melania's visit to McAllen comes amid the bipartisan backlash over the Trump administration's enforcement of a "zero-tolerance" policy - criminally prosecuting migrants who cross the US-Mexico border.

"I'm glad I'm here and I'm looking forward to seeing and meeting children", the first lady told the facility's workers as she sat down for a brief Q&A, followed by a tour.

No one's gonna argue with her decision to make the trip, but her wardrobe selection's a whole other story.

Twitter users were quick to call out the jacket faux pas, with many making fun of the the not-so-hidden message. "There's no message. I hope we can talk about her important visit with children today rather than her wardrobe choice".

In fact, the first lady's sartorial choices have been fodder for several episodes of Twitter mocking, including the $51,000 Dolce & Gabbana jacket she wore in Italy a year ago. More than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents, and thousands of families are likely to remain fractured. She inquired about the children's physical and mental care. "Do U?" on the back as she returns to Washington from a visit to the U.S. -Mexico border area in Texas, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., June 21, 2018.

Highlights, Denmark vs Australia, FIFA World Cup 2018, Match 21 at Samara
But the score didn't reflect the Socceroos' gritty defensive performance. "I think after today I don't like the system. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup".


It was an odd choice for Trump - she isn't often seen wearing a $39 anything, and she rarely wears outfits not carefully thought out.

Trump's executive order suggests the government intends to hold the families indefinitely by challenging a 1997 court ruling known as the Flores Settlement, which places a 20-day limit on how long children, alone or with their parents, can be detained.

Do you care about how this message reflects on Melania Trump's feelings about immigration? Now instead of the images of kids behind bars, viewers were watching the first lady eager to fly south and learn about their plight.

Speaking for many, Colbert wondered how this would have played out at Normal White House, and if one staffer would have been sacked, or five, or the "entire Executive Branch". She tempered her condemnation, though, by echoing part of her husband's (incorrect) assertion that the Democrats can fix the issue.

In a federal courthouse in McAllen, not far from the detention facility the first lady visited, public defenders on Thursday told 17 people whose children had been taken away that their cases would not proceed as scheduled, according to Carlos Garcia, an immigration attorney on the board of directors of the Texas Civil Rights Project.

But I forgot that this is the darkest timeline and, indeed, soon the jacket was confirmed by Trump's own spokesperson who said: "It's a jacket. Nice to meet you".

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