The first lady, who has a 12-year-old son, smiled and laughed with the migrant children.
When Trump arrived at Joint Base Andrews Thursday morning to travel to Texas, wearing the "I-really-don't-care" jacket with its message emblazoned in white paint, it was first noticed by the Daily Mail.
So maybe this was a way of telling her husband: "I really don't care" about how much you want to crack down on the borders; this isn't fair to children.
But then Melania Trump wore it back home too.
Seems like she doesn't care what we think, though.
The first lady, 48, made headlines when she sported a Zara jacket with the message, "I Really Don't Care, Do U?' written on the back in bold white letters while en route to meet with the children in Texas on Thursday, June 21".More news: Puma names Jay-Z creative consultant for its basketball operations
It stretches credulity that the First Lady would make the effort to fly down to Texas, visit children, talk to staff and engage in this heartbreaking story only to deliberately undermine it with a callous choice of clothing. She also said the first lady's visit with the children in Texas "impacted @flotus greatly".
Despite Trump's executive order on ending family separations, there was no immediate plan in place to reunite the more than 2,300 children already separated from their families. "After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe", she said.
Hours later President Donald Trump chimed in and claimed that the jacket message refers to "fake news".
During the roundtable, Trump asked several questions including how many times the children speak with their families.
Later, she toured a section of the facility where the children have bedrooms and was told they maintain their own rooms. She spoke to many individually through a translator, and as she walked out she told them: "Be kind and nice to each other, OK?"
As the controversy grew nationally in the past week over the administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they were detained at the southern border, administration officials, and conservative media outlets have been arguing that the living conditions of detained immigrants aren't as bad as traditional media outlets were portraying.
Mrs. Trump, whose focus as first lady is on child well-being, appears to have been among those pushing him to act.