A new unauthorized biography from CNN White House correspondent Kate Bennett is investigating Melania Trump's role in the White House, offering insight into her relationship with her husband and stepchildren, as well as highlighting some of her most divisive moments as first lady.
In the book Free, Melania, which comes out this week, Bennett tackles what is still considered to be one of the most controversial moments of her tenure. And it all boils down to a jacket that cost less than 40 bucks.
During a June 2018 visit to migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, the first lady donned a $39 green parka emblazoned with the words "I really don't care, do u?" on the back. Given that it was a time of particular tension from President Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, those six words caused quite the outrage from the public.
There have been many theories as to what the controversial outerwear might have been aimed at, or if it was merely the first lady's take on the crisis. Last fall, Melania herself said that it was worn to send a message to the media and was merely for the plane, while Omarosa maintained in her book that it was worn "to hurt Trump" after being sent to the border to "mop up her husband's mess."
“I believed, and still do, that the jacket was a facetious jab at Ivanka and her near-constant attempts to attach herself for positive administration talking points,” Bennett wrote, saying that Trump may take issue with Ivanka's role as a "savvy career mom" and White House senior advisor, who often departs on high-profile international trips on behalf of the administration.
“The trips were, according to a source, too close for comfort for Melania, who thought Ivanka was invading her turf," Bennett wrote.
You can purchase the reporter's book here.