— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) December 6, 2017
It’s Melania’s third trek to Texas since August, when the state was hit by Hurricane Harvey, which brought historic levels of rainfall, killing dozens of people and leaving behind damage estimates of 100 billion, according to USA Today.
“While I am heartened by the strength and resilience of those impacted by the storms, I will continue doing all that I can to lend a voice and shine a spotlight on those who need assistance to rebuild and start new family traditions,” Melania said in a statement released by the White House. “As Christmas and the New Year approach, I encourage people to lend their time volunteering or providing financial support to those still reeling from the hurricanes.”
First Lady Melania Trump, Second Lady Karen Pence, and First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott visit students at Charlie Marshall Elementary. pic.twitter.com/yk7JZ5WKAs
— Jane Caffrey (@janecaffrey) December 6, 2017
Upon landing in Corpus Christi, the women talked with first responders, then set off for Rockport to meet a local family whose home was abolished by the storm. They also visited an elementary school to talk to students about the natural disaster and pitched in at a food bank.
Melania’s travel shoes have scrutinized in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
A few days after the storm hit, she accompanied President Trump to the lone star state wearing a pair of black stilettos by Manolo Blahnik, with a black top, black cropped pants, a green bomber jacket, and aviator shades.
The look was labeled “Top Gun cosplay” on social media and Melania was taunted for her “Storm Stilettos,” which people called inappropriate for the occasion.
The outcry was so severe that the shoe designer spoke up in support of Melania. “I don’t think she’s insensitive,” Blahnik told Harper’s Bazaar U.K. “I think she’s working non-stop to make it work — possibly she was just wearing the shoes she left New York in. Yes, I think probably she could have worn Hunter boots but she was wearing what she was wearing. I’m not good at advising people on what to wear because they wear what they want to.”
Stephanie Grisham, Melania’s communications director even released a statement to Fox News, which read, “It’s sad that we have an active and ongoing natural disaster in Texas, and people are worried about her shoes.”
In September, for a follow-up visit to Texas to survey relief efforts, Melania teetered along the tarmac wearing a $1,590 Ralph Lauren shirtdress with a pair snakeskin Manolo Blahnik heels. And for a trip to Puerto Rico to assess damages left by Hurricane Maria, she wore a pair of navy blue pumps.
In October, the president came to the defense of his wife’s travel attire, telling Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in an interview, that his wife “wants to look good leaving the front entrance.”
Trump added, “So she dresses up, and she puts on formal shoes, high heels, and she leaves the White House going to Texas, or going to wherever we want to go — Florida, actually twice. So walking through that front door, she did. Now, she has sneakers in the meantime with her so she can change into other clothing when we’re walking through where a hurricane is just leaving, and she took tremendous abuse.”
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