Her jacket said ‘I don’t care’ but Melania Trump wants to prove she does. FLOTUS intends to go to AZ to visit more migrant children in detention centers, and we’ve exclusively learned WHY.
UPDATE: First Lady Melania Trump visited a Customs and Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Arizona on June 28 (the day after our EXCLUSIVE, below, was posted), where she hosted a televised roundtable discussion with the center’s officials. This time, she was dressed quite conservatively in a long-sleeved, black shirt and white pants — no offensive clothing. Her goal in Tucson, according to East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham, is to “learn and educate herself” about issues at the border firsthand, as well as thank those working at the facility.
ORIGINAL: Melania Trump‘s visit to a child detention center in McAllen, Texas on June 21 didn’t go so well, to say the least. The tour of the facility housing children was cut short because of flooding in the town, and the visit was marred by her baffling decision to wear a jacket that said “I don’t care. Do u?” on the back. After that gaffe, she’s determined to right the wrongs and head to another facility in Tucson, Arizona to visit children being held there, and a source close to the first lady told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY why she’ll do so.
“Melania is very keen to see the facilities with her own eyes and to speak to staff and children so she can access how they are being treated, and to ensure that there are no abuses — that everything is as it should be,” the source told us EXCLUSIVELY. Melania has heard some alarming stories about what’s been happening inside some of the facilities, so she wants to check them out herself. And while the children are here in the United States, she intends to make sure they are at least kept safe and cared for.”
“Alarming stories” is putting it lightly. Families seeking asylum in the United States have been torn apart, children literally ripped away from their parents at the US-Mexico border by ICE. They’re taken to these detention centers as if they’re prisoners, and their parents have no idea where they are — sometimes as far away as New York or Seattle. The kids at some facilities (at least one a former Wal-Mart) are reportedly only allowed outside a couple hours a day, have no toys, and are, horrifyingly, allegedly kept in cages. So yes, it’s “alarming.”
WATCH: First lady Melania Trump visits a border facility in Arizona, a week after President Trump signed an executive order to end family separations https://t.co/0R9VVqWHZz pic.twitter.com/MWiWoeIlh9
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 28, 2018
It’s unclear how the first lady’s visit to check on the children would help improve their situation, but at least there’s one thing — “Melania won’t be wearing anything controversial this time,” the source said. That’s a start!