by 👩💻 Alice Monroe
US First Lady Melania Trump appears to come under as much media scrutiny as her husband Donald some days – and her time in the spotlight in recent weeks revolved around her choice of wardrobe while attending some very public affairs. Trump attended an interview with ABC News recently which promised to blow the lid on a number of concerns raised by the media and by US voters. It was, for audiences around the world, a chance to finally get a chance to hear more from the enigmatic Mrs Trump, who gave a number of answers to some of the biggest questions she and her husband have faced over the past two years.
▶ US First lady Melania Trump says she could be "the most bullied person" in the world
Trump’s choice of jacket – which she wore while visiting children separated from their parents at the US border – was widely derided in the press. The coat read, as press photos demonstrated, ‘I really don’t care, do u?’. This move drove much speculation for considerable days – was Trump approaching the media with this message, or was it merely an ill-advised fashion choice? The correct answer, it seems, is the former.
The First Lady advised in her interview that it was ‘obvious’ that the jacket choice was politically-motivated, as opposed to a move reflecting her supposed opinions on the children she was heading out to visit. Referring to the ‘people and the left-wing media’ criticizing her, Trump advised that she wore the jacket intentionally to send them a message. “I want to show them that I don’t care,” she confirmed. “You could criticize whatever you want to say, but it will not stop me to do what I feel is right.”
▶ Melania Trump Reveals Why She Wore 'I Really Don't Care' Jacket
Trump’s claims, however, directly contradict what Stephanie Grisham – acting as spokeswoman for the First Lady – stated on the day the photos of the jacket went viral. “There was no hidden message,” Grisham stated. “After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe.”
In the same interview, Trump earned headlines and media attention by claiming to be the ‘most bullied person’ in the world – and has recently faced additional wardrobe-based backlash after appearing to wear a colonial explorer hat while on tour in Africa. Certainly, in a world where we have so much information delivered to us so frequently each and every day, even the clothing choices of the world’s most prominent figures come under close scrutiny on a regular basis.