Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Melania Trump makes surprise visit to US-Mexico border


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

Despite severe criticism online, Melania's spokesman Stephanie Grisham insisted there was no hidden message behind the jacket.

"It's a jacket. There was no hidden message", Grisham said in a statement. Trump chose to make the trip a day after the president signed an executive order to stop the separation of families, but it's not her timing people are questioning-it's her fashion choice.

Later, she toured a section of the facility where the children have bedrooms and was told they maintain their own rooms.

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She spoke to many individually through a translator, and as she walked out she told them: "Be kind and nice to each other, OK?"

On Wednesday, the president signed an executive order created to end the family-separation policy. "(Much like her high heels last year)".

Mr Trump said his daughter Ivanka and Melania have strong views on the policy. 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 worldwide trip and instead heading to Mar-a-Lago when the Stormy Daniels news broke.

How can I help these families reunite with their children as quickly as possible?

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Third-graders welcomed Melania with a large paper American flag they'd signed taped to a wall. "You are a First Lady for Gods sake walking around with a jacket that says 'I really don't care.' This can't be for real".

The visit was made images of distraught children crying for their mothers and housed in barren cages were broadcast worldwide, prompting outrage across the political spectrum.

"The executive order certainly is helping pave the way a little bit, but there's still a lot to be done", Grisham said.

Visiting another classroom, Mrs. Trump asked children where they were from and how long they'd been at the center where staff said children typically spend between 42 and 45 days.

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