After assuring the audience that his show had repeatedly verified the image "because we thought this has to be fake", Colbert showed pictures of Melania, en route to the detention centers, wearing a jacket that read, "I really don't care, do u?".
The positive message of First Lady Melania Trump's visit to a Texas shelter for detained migrant children became muddled by the mystery message on the back of a rain jacket she wore getting on and off the flight. While she chose to wear a cream jacket during her visit, it was the $39 green Zara jacket she wore before and after the visit that bore a controversial message that many deemed to be "tone deaf".
But President Trump issued a contradictory tweet hours later, claiming it was a dig at the media who have recently focused on his wife's absence from the public eye following kidney surgery, and the state of the Trumps marriage. Trump's sartorial choices make headlines time and time again, as the media scrupulously chronicles every dress, hat, and statement jacket.
Amid the denials, outrage, and debates over the first lady's apparent lack of sensitivity to the plight of migrant children who have been separated from their parents comes a not-so-subtle jab from someone extremely familiar with FLOTUS fashion. "She supports family reunification and wants to go see the facilities for herself and find out how she can help".
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But the chances of the bill passing are unclear as is the case with any bill dealing with the volatile issue of immigration. More than 2,300 migrant children have been separated from their families at the border since May, the government said.
White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said there was nothing symbolic about the jacket.
"Thank you to Secretary Azar for traveling w me today & the care you are giving these children in such a hard time". "Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!" the president wrote Thursday evening.
Her spokesman claimed that the jacket had not been meant to convey a statement, and urged journalists not to read anything into it.
She said: "Her goals are to thank law enforcement and social services providers for their hard work, lend support and hear more on how the administration can build upon the already existing efforts to reunite children with their families". They show that we care.