Why Melania Trump's jacket has sparked outrage

First Lady Melania Trump has sparked outrage over the choice of a jacket she wore as she boarded a flight to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents.

Mrs Trump donned the controversial jacket on Thursday, emblazoned with the words: “I really don’t care, do u? (sic)”

The green, hooded military jacket had the words written graffiti-style on the back.

Melania Trump sparked controversy as she donned the jacket saying: “I really don’t care, do u” (sic). Source: AP
She wore the coat as she visited a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents. Source: AP

When asked what message the first lady’s jacket intends to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham played down the meaning behind the coat.

“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe,” she said.

Mrs Trump changed into a pale yellow jacket before the plane landed in McAllen, Texas, for a visit to the Upbring New Hope Children’s Centre, which houses 55 migrant children.

The youthful jacket sharply contrasts with the first lady’s typically bold wardrobe.

The jacket retails for a modest US$39. Source: Zara

In public appearances, the first lady has worn designs by Dolce & Gabbana, Del Pozo, Christian Dior, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy and Valentino, often with daringly high Christian Louboutin heels.

While the jacket is currently unavailable, the military-style coat originally retailed for AU$53 in Zara.

As images of Mrs Trump surfaced online, social media was swamped with users in disbelief over her choice of jacket.

“This can’t be true. Is it?!” one user wrote.

While many slammed her actions, there was a series of comments that the decision to display the message was premeditated.

“How many $39 jackets do you think the wife of a supposed billionaire owns?” one user asked.

In contrast, she wore a floral coat worth $51,000 at last year’s G7 summit.

Donald Trump dismissed the uproar over the coat, suggesting the message was instead directed at the “Fake News Media”.

With AP.