First lady Melania Trump has revealed that there actually was a message behind the infamous jacket with the words ‘I really don’t care, do you?’ splashed across the back, which she wore on June 21, amid the unaccompanied migrant children crisis.
At the time, the White House vehemently denied the wardrobe choice was anything more than a fashion statement, as the wife of President Donald Trump unexpectedly showed up for a visit to the Upbring New Hope Children’s Shelter in McAllen, Texas.
But now, in a sit-down interview with ABC’s 20/20, Melanie told Tom Llamas that the message was ‘for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me.’
She added: ‘I want to show them that I don’t care. You could criticize whatever you want to say, but it will not stop me to do what I feel is right.’
When the first lady opted for the controversial look of the day, about 2,000 children remained separated from their families at the border, due to the administration cracking down on illegal entries, according to US Department of Homeland Security figures.
Melania’s now infamous jacket was first photographed as she boarded her plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on June 21, headed to Texas.
She was criticized as being tone deaf with the outfit selection, given the tense situation as so many children remained separated from their parents and guardians, who had been detained while trying to enter the US.
‘It was kind of a message, yes,’ Melania told Llamas, contradicting the official White House word on the matter, from back in June.
‘I would prefer that they would focus on what I do and on my initiatives [rather] than what I wear.’