Instead, the first lady spent an hour-plus at the shelter, talking directly to children who spoke to her either in English or in Spanish, through a translator.
Like it or not, Mrs. Trump's jacket had her trending on Twitter.
First Lady Melania Trump has been criticised for the choice of her jacket worn on a trip to a migrant child detention centre in Texas.
Her spokeswoman said "there was no hidden message" in her sartorial choice.
She added: "I hope we can talk about her important visit with children today rather than her wardrobe choice".
"Do U?" on her trip to visit a shelter for illegal child migrants in Texas.
It is of note that of the 55 children at the particular facility, about ten percent (so only 5-6) were separated from their parents.More news: President Trump Signs Executive Order to End Family Separations
The first lady can be seen boarding a plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland headed for Texas wearing a $39 army green military-inspired jacket from Zara with the flippant phrase written out in graffiti-style lettering.
Where in the world is Melania Trump? Six of the children were separated from their parents while the rest arrived as unaccompanied minors, according to a senior administration official.
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But the outcry was not about the content of her visit so much as her attire.
She popped into a class where children were learning about angles and lines, and then an English Language Arts class where the kids were learning how to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Third-graders welcomed Melania with a large paper American flag they'd signed taped to a wall.
On the other side of the political aisle, former first lady Michelle Obama routinely caught grief from some critics for going sleeveless. A day after Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of migrant children from their parents, there was no clear sign as to how those already split up would be reunited.
He said: "Ivanka feels very strongly, my wife feels very strongly about it, I feel very strongly about it".