Melania Trump Wore a $600 Army Green Jacket to Visit a Former Slave Trading Outpost
Hey! Quick question. Remember that olive green parka that Melania Trump wore while visiting the detention camps in Texas where hundreds of immigrant children who had been separated from their parents at the border were being held? It's hard to forget, mostly because of that less-than-subtle message scrawled across the back: "I really don't care do u?"
Anyway, just a few short months after that debacle, Melania Trump stepped out for day two of her week-long tour of Africa wearing yep, another olive green lightweight jacket. (This one is by Veronica Beard, and is available for purchase for at the steeper price of $595.) Look, we're not PR experts, but we can't help but wonder: Too soon? And fine, yes, the coats are different enough — the first one more parka and the second more safari jacket — but c'mon.
The jacket aside, however, Melania had a full day of visits in Ghana. Whereas yesterday, she was all smiles (really the happiest we've seen her in months), on Wednesday she appeared appropriately somber as she toured Cape Coast Castle, an old slave trading outpost. According to Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs, she followed in President Obama's footsteps.
Before she entered the castle, she was granted permission from the chief of the region in an elaborate ceremony, which included the exchange of kente cloths.
Though she arrived clad in her signature stilettos for the event, she later swapped her shoes for more practical flats as she toured the castle; she pulled the same stiletto-swap yesterday while visiting the maternity ward of a hospital.
"This is a very special place," said Melania, per CNN's Kate Bennett. "I will never forget the incredible experience and the stories that I heard from the gentleman ... what happened so many years ago, it’s really a tragedy." She also signed a vistor's book, thanking her hosts for a warm welcome.
Some, including The Washington Post's Adam Taylor, have suggested that the First Lady's trip is simply her attempt to boost the image of the Trump presidency across the continent (spoiler: The Donald said some not great things about Africa and it's people), but even if that's true, it's good to see that Melania is showing reverence and respect where it's due.
Meanwhile, in America, her husband is mocking survivors of sexual assault on national television.