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Did Melania Trump Wear This Jacket on Her Way to Visit Children Separated from Their Families?

The First Lady made a surprise visit to detained immigrant children while wearing a jacket bearing the message "I DON'T REALLY CARE DO U?" on the back.

Published June 21, 2018

Updated June 21, 2018
First Lady Melania Trump wore a jacket with "I DON'T REALLY CARE DO U?" emblazoned on the back on her way to visit immigrant kids.

On 21 June 2018, First Lady Melania Trump paid a surprise visit to immigrant children detained under a Trump administration policy to separate families at the border. Shortly thereafter, the news of her visit was eclipsed by discussion stemming from social media images of a jacket she was purportedly wearing as she boarded her plane:

i dont really care do u

The First Lady's army-green jacket with a painted design on the back reading "I REALLY DON'T CARE DO U?" quickly became the dominant topic of news and social media. CNN's Jim Acosta quickly confirmed that the photographs were legitimate, and the article of clothing Mrs. Trump wore was real:

Acosta's observation was confirmed by photographs and by other reporters:

Mrs. Trump's Director of Communications, Stephanie Grisham, addressed the jacket controversy via Twitter and shared video of the First Lady wearing a different pale yellow jacket later in the day:

President Trump later tweeted that the message on his wife's jacket was a reference to the "Fake News Media":

According to InStyle magazine, the "I REALLY DON'T CARE DO U?" jacket originated with fast-fashion brand Zara. It retailed for $39 but has since sold out.


Bennett, Kate.   "Melania Trump Makes Surprise Visit to Border Facilities."     CNN.   21 June 2018.

Borge, Jonathan.   "Melania Trump Wears 'I Really Don't Care' Jacket for Surprise Visit to Texas Border."     InStyle.   21 June 2018.

Chamberlain, Samuel.   "Melania Trump's 'I Really Don't Care' Jacket Causes Stir on Border Visit."     Fox News.   21 June 2018.

Goodin, Emily; Erica Tempesta; Charlie Lankston.   "'I Really Don't Care, Do U?' Melania Wears $39 Jacket with Controversial Message Scrawled on the Back"     DailyMail.com.   21 June 2018.


Updated 21 June 2018: Added comment from the First Lady's Director of Communications and video of Mrs. Trump at one of the detention centers.

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.