Melania Trump sends a questionable message en route to the border

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Wow. It's really come to this, huh?

The $39 jacket, made by Zara, is a distinct departure for the first lady, who tends to favor more expensive high-fashion looks. Someone must have pulled her aside to talk some sense into her while she was on the plane, because she appeared to remove the tone-deaf garment by the time she landed.

First Lady Melania Trump boards an Air Force plane before traveling to Texas to visit facilities that house and care for children taken from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border June 21, 2018 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

"I am appalled by the reports and images from detention facilities in Texas and other states along the border, where more than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents by border patrol agents", Lee wrote in a letter to the United Nations.

It's not clear whether this jacket is a nod to those concerned that she is being too soft on immigration, or was simply a major wardrobe malfunction.

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"I'm here to learn about your facility", she said as she received a briefing about the work of Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter.

The Trump administration previously had not said whether any hundreds of children who were separated from their families had been reunited.

On Wednesday, the president said it was his wife and daughter Ivanka who had urged him to end the policy of separating parents who had tried to cross the U.S. southern border illegally from their children.

Until Wednesday, Trump claimed that Congress had the sole authority to end the child separation policy - by passing new legislation.

"It's a jacket. There was no hidden message", she said of the olive-colored item, which is already sold out.

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Over the weekend, the First Lady spoke out against the policy, calling the children being separated from their parents something she "hates to see". In cases where children don't have a home to go to, legal services will assess and they may be given refugee status. This is what First Ladies often do.

Her spokesman claimed that the jacket had not been meant to convey a statement, and urged journalists not to read anything into it.

When asked what message the jacket meant to send, spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket". She had on the same shoes when she visited hurricane flood zones in Texas a year ago.

At right, the Zara jacket she's wearing.

But that assertion leaves out the fact that "zero tolerance", the decision to prosecute 100% of illegal border crossings, presented the Trump administration with a policy choice: keep families together, releasing them into the USA on electronic monitoring, or split them apart.

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She has faced mockery for this before - with people alleging hypocrisy, given her husband's propensity for social media outbursts against individuals.

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