As the first lady spoke with officials at a detention facility for immigrant minors on the border about reuniting children with their parents on Thursday afternoon, President Trump told reporters that he's directed his Cabinet officials to reunite the families his administration ripped apart in the first place.
"It's a jacket. There was no hidden message".
White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham insisted there was no message involved in this wardrobe choice. Trump's order said the government would maintain a "zero tolerance" policy toward those who break the law, but the senior USA official, asked to explain how the government would change enforcement practices, said Border Patrol agents were instructed Wednesday evening to stop sending parents with children to federal courthouses for prosecution.
"I'm glad I'm here and I'm looking forward to seeing the children", she said at a roundtable with center workers.
When she arrived in Texas the first lady was no longer wearing the $39 (€34) jacket from Zara.
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US First Lady Melania Trump takes part in a roundtable discussion at Luthern Social Services of the South's Upbring New Hope Children Center in McAllen, Texas on June 21, 2018.
She continued: "While we're going through that process she's going to lend her support and promote family reunification and I'm sure she'll continue to give her husband opinions on what she's thinking along the way".
"This was 100 percent her idea".
"But first of all, let me begin to recognize each of you and thanking you for all that you do, for your heroic work that you do every day and what you do for those children". During her visit, Mrs. Trump toured a children's shelter and attended a briefing on the status of immigrant children. Melania Trump's choice to wear heels during her trip to Texas to survey the response to Hurricane Harvey drew widespread criticism. In McAllen, Texas, 17 immigrants were told by their public defenders that their cases were not proceeding for now.
Grisham had earlier bashed the media for paying so much attention to Melania Trump's sartorial choices.
After signing his executive order this week, President Trump said he wanted the measures to be backed by legislation.