This is What's Trending Today. The president's eventual capitulation to widespread popular outrage came too late, though: More than 2,300 children, however, have already been taken from their parents and sent to camps and centers as far-flung as MI.
REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueFirst lady Melania Trump boards the plane as she departs Joint Base Andrews on her way to Texas on June 21. The words were written in large white letters on the back. She answered, "It's a jacket".
The White House responded to criticism by saying there was no hidden message.
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"#SheCares #ItsJustAJacket" Grisham tweeted later on, as speculation swirled online.
President Trump likes to talk about fake news. "Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!" he added.
Melania Trump met with staff looking after detained children in McAllen, Texas, and met with officials and employees at the facility, where 55 children aged 12 to 17 are housed. It is holding 55 of the thousands of children under USA government supervision.More news: England less threatening than Belgium, says Panama's Rodriguez
"It's a jacket", her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement to Business Insider.
The Fashion Institute of Technology professor says, as first lady, Trump doesn't have the luxury of simply dressing for whatever mood she might be in on any given day.
The first lady has been uncharacteristically vocal about her feelings on this policy. It's more like a dog whistle for Trump's anti-immigrant supporters: "I'm publicly supporting immigrants, but you really know I don't care". For example, when she travels overseas, "she's careful to choose outfits that conspicuously reflect the country she is visiting". I don't buy that she's that callous. The way I see it, there's only one explanation for why she wore what she wore: She wanted to send a message. They all can't be that clueless. It had no comment on the story. Besides, it's old. Zara featured it in its spring-summer line for 2016.
Trump makes fashion choices deliberately and strategically. Privately, she also encouraged her husband to abandon the policy, according to people familiar with the matter. She changed into sneakers before landing, but the heels captured a disproportionate amount of media attention.More news: World Cup Group C