U.S. First Lady Melania Trump in an exclusive interview with ABC News revealed that her "I really don't care" jacket was a message aimed at the left-wing media.
In June, U.S. President Donald Trump’s Administration was swamped with massive criticism – at home and abroad, about its decision to separate migrant parents from their children if they had entered the country illegally and had applied for asylum.
In this storm, Melania Trump decided to visit the camps at which the separated children were being hosted. The gesture was watched minutely and as soon as she appeared to board the aircraft for her trip to Texas, her jacket made headlines. The U.S. First Lady had appeared wearing a $39 jacket which read, “ I really don’t care, do you?”
She wore the jacket getting on and off the plane, but not during her visits with the detained children.
At the time of the visit to the children's centre in Texas, the First Lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said, "It's a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe."
However, Trump has recently contradicted this explanation. During her interview which was conducted during her trip to African countries and she again made headlines for her sartorial choices, Melania Trump acknowledged that her jacket was aimed at those in the media criticising her. She said, “It "was a kind of message, yes".
"It's obvious I didn't wear the jacket for the children, I wore the jacket to go on the plane and off the plane," she said.
"It was for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticising me. I want to show them I don't care. You could criticise, whatever you want to say. But it will not stop me to do what I feel is right."
Melania Trump tells @TomLlamasABC she wore the ‘I really don’t care’ jacket “for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me. And I want to show them that I don’t care.” #MelaniaTrump https://t.co/EqEyfZkJvZ pic.twitter.com/2EWeCKB0de
— ABC News (@ABC) October 13, 2018
Trump also criticised the media for being "obsessed" about her clothing.
But, is it fair to blame the media when the Trump Administration’s actions are worth criticising and in some instances so is those of the U.S. First Lady?