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Melania Trump spokeswoman rips media over jacket: ‘There was no hidden message’

First lady Melania Trump’s spokeswoman on Thursday slammed media coverage of a jacket the first lady wore as she made a surprise trip to visit immigrant children held in detention centers.

She was photographed boarding a plane to visit the children wearing a jacket that read “I really don’t care. Do U?” across the back. first reported the jacket that Trump was wearing.

“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message,” first lady communications director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe,” adding, “(Much like her high heels last year).”

{mosads}Trump made the visit to the detention centers a day after the president signed an executive order ending the separation of families at the border. The separations had occurred as part of a “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting all adults illegally crossing the border.

The president had come under massive pressure to make the change, but was reportedly also lobbied to make the change by his wife, who had criticized the separations.

On Tuesday, some observers, including MSNBC host Chris Hayes, expressed incredulity at the first lady’s jacket. 

CNN analyst Chris Cilizza questioned why staff didn’t suggest that the first lady not wear the jacket. 

Just hours after Trump sported the jacket, a shirt inspired by her controversial wardrobe choice popped up on Etsy.

The $25 t-shirt, available in a variety of colors, bears the same phrase on the back as Trump’s outfit.

Trump’s wardrobe choices have come under media scrutiny in the past — her decision last year to wear stilettos as she traveled to Texas to tour areas damaged by Hurricane Harvey set off a rush of media reports and criticism.

The first lady’s office fired back at those critics at the time, calling it “sad” that reporters were “worried about her shoes” during an “active and ongoing natural disaster.”

Trump also made headlines with her decision to wear a white pantsuit to her husband’s first State of the Union address earlier this year, drawing comparisons to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

— Updated at 5:39 p.m. Judy Kurtz contributed.

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