The First Lady's choice to don a khaki green Zara jacket that read "I really don't care, do u?" to board a plane headed to see immigrant children being detained at the USA border prompted a massive backlash.
Melania Trump, 48, put the jacket scandal behind her today to make a speech in Virginia.
This comes on the heels of her jacket controversy, which originally was said to be "just a jacket" with no hidden message before President Trump doubled down, tweeting it was in reference to her disdain for "Fake News".
By pushing for the policy reversal, initiating the shelter visit, and with empathetic comments before and during the visit, Melania demonstrated she sincerely cared about the plight of the children.
The Daily Mail first reported the jacket, which was spotted by the press traveling with the first lady but impossible to read without a long-range camera lens. She had it on again when she left the aircraft upon returning to Washington D.C. later in the evening.
The "Outnumbered" panel reacted Friday to the media outcry, with Abby Huntsman questioning why Mrs. Trump wore the jacket in the first place after striking a compassionate note by visiting the detention center.
The First Lady boarded her flight to the Texas border wearing a green jacket with a message written in graffiti style on the back reading: "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" But her message and the carefully crafted visuals showing a first lady rushing to the scene of a crisis touching the lives of children were soon obliterated by other words and images. "Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she not longer cares!" They also said that even when parents and children aren't separated, they're often housed in adjacent cells that keep them apart. Critics in Trump's Republican Party, as well as his wife and daughter, urged him to abandon the policy.
Melania Trump visited the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, a federally-funded facility that houses about 55 children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, ages five to 17.
The demonstrations came days after the Trump administration reversed course in the face of public and political outrage and had authorities stop separating immigrant families caught crossing the US-Mexico border.
"I was already on the journey", she said as she waited for a bus to Los Angeles to join family.
"Here, I think he is making it clear, he just doesn't want anybody here". The family separations have ended.
Melania's trip to Texas was cut short by heavy rain and flash flooding.
Moments after her tour began, photos started circulating online of the first lady boarding the plane for takeoff at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.