While she did remove the jacket before disembarking her plane in Texas, we can't help but feel certain that the sentiment remained.
Some leaders of progressive groups and celebrities known for their liberal views also criticized the First Lady's jacket.
She added: "I hope we can talk about her important visit with children today rather than her wardrobe choice". 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.
Mrs Trump's visit came after her husband, President Trump, agreed to reverse a policy of separating immigrant children from their families and incarcerating them.
The military-style jacket, with scrawled graffiti on the back, is a contrast to her usual designer label attire.
In 2016, Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaTrump backs down in rare reversal Trump gives in, signs order ending family separations Melania Trump contacted Secret Service after Peter Fonda tweets MORE draped herself in a Gucci gown to attend her final Kennedy Center Honors ceremony as first lady.
On Thursday, Melania Trump made a surprise visit to the Texas border near Mexico. The jacket belongs to the Zara's spring-summer 2016 season and is no longer for sale by the company, though a few of the jackets popped up online for resale at a moderate profit for sellers. The First Lady's spokeswoman also said there was "no hidden message" in the jacket.
First Lady Melania Trump at Andrews Air Base.
Offering his own interpretation, Trump on Twitter said the message on the jacket "refers to the Fake News Media".
"Family unity will be maintained for families apprehended crossing the border illegally, and they will be transferred together to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement", the spokesman said in a statement.
"I'm glad I'm here and I'm looking forward to seeing the children", Mrs Trump was reported as saying during a roundtable discussion with social workers and government officials.
For hours, press speculated today as to who her jacket was directed at.
She was told the children are "usually distraught" when they arrive, but "when they see the environment they start relaxing", CNN reports. On the wall, was a handpainted American flag signed by the children.
Images and recordings of distressed children held in enclosures akin to cages have sparked global fury.