The controversial Zara jacket worn by Melania Trump during her visit to children separated from their parents at the border

The controversial Zara jacket worn by Melania Trump during her visit to children separated from their parents at the border

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Melania Trump wore a Zara jacket before visiting the children separated from their parents.

Melania Trump’s clothes are again at the center of the controversy.

This time it is not for its price neither for the brand nor for the model itself. In fact, it is a simple olive green jacket from Zara , which costs about US $ 39 in the US market.

The first lady of the United States used it this Wednesday when she unexpectedly visited a group of children of the more than 2,300 who have been separated from their immigrant parents on the southern border.

And more than the visit, what caught everyone’s attention was the garment, which became viral on social networks because of the message it has stamped on the back.

” Re almente I do not care. What about you?” , says, in a free English translation “I do not really care, do you?”.

Melania Trump
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Image caption The first lady used the jacket to board the plane that took her to Texas and then back to Washington.

In recent days, the Donald Trump government has been harshly criticized for a new immigration policy, called “zero tolerance” that considers the attempt of undocumented migrants to cross the border to be a crime.

This means that they lose custody of their children and as a result, more than 2,000 children were separated from their families.

After the barrage of criticism, Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to prevent children from being separated from their parents.

“No hidden message”

The controversial jacket of the first lady did not use it during the visit itself, but it was put back on when getting off the plane already in Washington.

Before the rain of critics, the spokesman of the first lady, Stephanie Grisham, assured that ” there was no hidden message ” between the election of the pledge and the reason for the visit.

Instead, he criticized the US media for focusing on the piece of clothing and not Melania’s gesture of visiting the children.

“It’s a jacket, there was no hidden message, after the important visit to Texas, I hope the media will not choose to focus on their wardrobe,” said Grisham.

Trump, on the other hand, wrote on Twitter that the message was dedicated to the media that make false news.

An insensitive choice of clothes

Katty Kay, host of BBC World News, Washington

Melania Trump’s empathic visit to the Mexican border runs the risk of being eclipsed by the message of aversion on the back of her jacket.

The first lady made the effort to fly to Texas, visit the children, talk with the staff and be part of this heartbreaking story, so it is a pity that the reasons for their trip have been overshadowed by an insensitive choice of clothes.

It is not clear how this could go through the careful protocols of the White House, but it is a mistake on the part of its staff.

I give him the benefit of the doubt about his compassion, but if he chose to wear this garment without thinking about its consequences, it was rather unattractive.

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What Melania saw

The first lady visited about 55 children who are housed in a detention center in McAllen, Texas.

The director of the program, Rogelio de la Cerda, told Melania Trump that most of the children there came from Guatemala, and that they arrived at the center “very distressed.”

Melania Trump
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Image caption Melania Trump went to a shelter in Texas after the political storm over the separation of migrant children from their parents.

During the visit, the first lady tried to talk with the children, asked them how long they had been in the establishment and how often they could talk with their parents.

“Be nice and nice to others, okay?” He said to some and I wish them “good luck”.

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