SALT LAKE CITY — First lady Melania Trump’s outfit choice sparked outrage, confusion and shock on Thursday.
The first lady wore a green jacket with the words “I really don’t care. Do u?” printed on the back of it, according to multiple reports and photos, just as she departed to visit the immigrant children held at the U.S.-Mexico border.
President Donald Trump said the jacket "refers to the Fake News Media," he tweeted.
"Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!"
“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
President Trump's response came hours after Twitter reacted to Melania Trump’s jacket.
controversial jackets, then & now pic.twitter.com/tphxpnPvor— Jessica Goldstein (@jessicagolds) June 21, 2018
here's the jacket i'm wearing on my way to the border pic.twitter.com/IYfuiB9BSg— David Mack (@davidmackau) June 21, 2018
This news cycle is trying to kill us all. https://t.co/SJhPTvXqlc— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) June 21, 2018
It's 78 degrees with humidity of 96% in McAllen, Texas—where Melania visited.— jordan (@JordanUhl) June 21, 2018
It's 83 degrees with humidity of 62% in DC.
Neither area requires a jacket.
This was deliberate.
If you need further confirmation re. the 'I DON'T CARE' jacket: AP Images has the photos of Melania Trump wearing it today. pic.twitter.com/vruEDM3Lyq— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) June 21, 2018
The jacket First Lady Melania Trump wore on her way to meet detained immigrant children separated from their parents was emblazoned with the words:— AJ+ (@ajplus) June 21, 2018
"I Really Don’t Care, Do U?" pic.twitter.com/V3CB9IwzBh
There is no hidden message, FLOTUS spox, BECAUSE THE MESSAGE IS WRITTEN IN PLAIN ENGLISH ON THE BACK OF HER JACKET— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) June 21, 2018
Wait, wait, wait. I just got wifi to work on my flight. This Melania jacket thing cannot be real. Can't. I'm choosing to not believe it.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 21, 2018
bet Melania is really wishing she'd gone with the "IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN THE APPEARANCE OF CARING" jacket instead— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) June 21, 2018
Melania Trump was on her way to visit the detained children and families at the U.S.-Mexico border. As CNN reported, Melania would be the first Trump family member to visit the border situation since it became a controversial topic.
She visited Thursday morning at McAllen, Texas, where she thanked doctors and medical staff for their work at the border.
“I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion and your kindness," she said.
East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN in a statement that there wasn’t any hidden meaning behind the jacket.
"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,” she said.
FLOTUS spox confirms Mrs. Trump wore a jacket to visit border kids that reads: "I really don't care. Do you?" Spox says: "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." pic.twitter.com/Bp4Z8n455G— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 21, 2018
However, according to CNN, the former model has been pretty particular with her wardrobe choices in the past. For example, when she travels abroad, “she's careful to choose outfits that conspicuously reflect the country she is visiting.”