Melania Trump was shown in photos wearing the hooded green khaki jacket designed by fashion chain Zara as she boarded a flight from Andrews Air Force Base to the border facility in McAllen, Texas. "Do u?" in white graffiti-style lettering.
Melania said earlier through her spokesperson that she "hates" to see families separated at the border.
Post her visit to Texas immigration centre, Melania tweeted, "Today's visit to #Texas to spend time with children & thank the many hardworking individuals helping to care for them was very meaningful". Given that, her choice to wear the $39 Zara jacket as she headed on her unexpected trip to the border raised eyebrows.
Another added: "Feckless stunt...[Melania] doesn't care and is mocking anyone who does".
The president cited his wife and daughter's strong feelings on the issue as a factor in his decision to end the family separations, even as he vowed to continue his administration's "zero tolerance" policy that calls for the criminal prosecution of any adult found crossing into the country illegally. "She wanted to see everything for herself and children are an important part of her platform", Grisham told the pool. While visiting with the children, she did not wear the jacket.
Her footwear prompted mockery on social media, though she changed into sneakers before she left Air Force One.
Far be it for me to criticise the sartorial choices of a First Lady of the United States - given I am a lower-than-dirt internet writer boy - but I simply must register my displeasure with this particular one. Grisham underscored that message in a tweet with the hashtags #SheCares and #ItsJustAJacket.
When asked what message the first lady's jacket intends to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket".
Trump toured the facilities of the Upbring New Hope Children's Center in McAllen, Tex. and participated in a roundtable discussion with staff members. She opted for the same shoe style when she visited hurricane flood zones in Texas a year ago. Privately, she also encouraged her husband to abandon the policy, according to people familiar with the matter.
President Trump had his own theory Thursday evening.
To who? Her husband? Melania pointedly wore that white trousers suit to her husband's most recent State of the Union address after declining to accompany him on an global trip and instead heading to Mar-a-Lago when the Stormy Daniels news broke.
"Spending time with them reinforces the fact that these kids are in this situation as a direct result of adult actions", she said.