Melania: Here's Who I Wore That Jacket For

She says 'I really don't care, do U?' was indeed a message
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2018 5:40 AM CDT
Melania Explains That 'I Really Don't Care' Jacket
First lady Melania Trump walks with children durning a visit to the Nest Orphanage in Limuru, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

ABC News on Friday night aired what it says is Melania Trump's "first extensive sit-down interview since becoming first lady." It had already released excerpts where she discussed her husband's alleged infidelity, her distrust of some White House staffers, and her thoughts on the #MeToo movement. One of the portions of the full interview (see video here) garnering attention concerns the jacket she wore in June when traveling to the US-Mexico border; it read, "I really don't care, do U?"

"Let's talk about the jacket," Tom Llamas began, asking her why she wore it. "It's obvious I didn't wear the jacket for the children," she answered. "I wore the jacket to go on the plane and off the plane. And it was for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me. And I wanna show them that I don't care. You could criticize whatever you wanna say, but it will not stop me to do what I feel is right." Llamas pressed her: "Your office had to release a statement during this time saying the jacket is just a jacket. So you were sending a message with the jacket?" Melania replied, "It ... it was kind of a message, yes. I would prefer that they would focus on what I do and on my initiatives than what I wear." Her answer echoes President Trump's explanation of the jacket at the time. (More Melania Trump stories.)

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