Melania Trump dons 'I REALLY DON'T CARE' jacket on way to meet detained children

Melania Trump and the poorly chosen jacket.
Melania Trump and the poorly chosen jacket. Photo credit: Reuters/Zara

Melania Trump has visited children being kept in detention on the US-Mexico border, but not without controversy.

Before getting on the plane to Texas, where hundreds of kids are being kept apart from their parents, the US First Lady was wearing a jacket bearing the phrase, 'I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?' on the back.

Photographs of Ms Trump only show the jacket from the side, and the white lettering can't be seen in full. But UK paper the Daily Mail has identified the coat as a US$39 Zara design.

CNN reporter Kate Bennett confirmed the wording, calling it an "unfortunate sartorial decision".

Ms Trump removed the jacket before going to meet the children.

"It's a jacket. There was no hidden message," said her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham. "After today's important visit to Texas, I hope this isn't what the media is going to choose to focus on."

On Thursday, Amnesty International NZ slammed the 'zero-tolerance' policy, which has seen children of asylum seekers and migrants separated from their parents and either kept in detention camps, or flown across the country to stay with foster carers.

"It's abhorrent, and it's breaching international law and refugee rights," said campaigns manager Meg de Ronde, who said it was perhaps a "first step" towards Nazi-style fascism.

"You don't lock up families and children indefinitely, and it is very worrying."

For weeks US President Donald Trump wrongly claimed he couldn't do anything to stop the separations, saying his hands were tied by the law. The charade ended on Thursday (NZ time) when he issued an executive order to stop the separations, which began in April.

Since then, nearly 2500 children have been separated from their parents.