"It's a jacket", Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's spokeswoman, told reporters.
Interestingly enough, a spokesperson for Melania previously said that the jacket had no "hidden message". "After today's important visit to Texas, I hope this isn't what the media is going to choose to focus on". The first lady signed it as well. The first lady asked that the children be reunited with their families "as quickly as possible". On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an order ending the separations and keeping families together while in custody.
Trump, who recently started Be Best, a platform centered on the betterment of children's lives, asked her aides to organize the trip after seeing photographs and video of separated families, and hearing audio of children crying in the centers, Grisham said.
As for this visit, Trump was guided around by the Upbring CEO, Dr. Kirk Senske, who told the First Lady: "We're honored to show you our shelter".
She thanked the workers for their compassion, and said that she was looking forward to seeing the children.
The administration's "zero-tolerance" policy of criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers, which has led to the removal of some 2,300 children from their parents since May, remains.
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.
You could argue that Trump really tipped her hand when she wished the foster children "good luck" upon exiting the facility. "We don't like to see families separated", Trump said. She may also visit a second facility later in the day where children housed in cages were seen by The Associated Press last week.
He said: "Ivanka feels very strongly, my wife feels very strongly about it, I feel very strongly about it".
This visit was an attempt to lend support to those caring for the immigrant children, although Trump did not make a public statement about the plight of separated families until this past Sunday.