President Donald Trump and the first lady met with Pope Francis on Wednesday at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. For the visit, Melania Trump wore a black long-sleeve dress with a veil — in line with the traditional women’s dress code at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Internet was abuzz with reactions to photos from the meeting, including Melania Trump’s Dolce & Gabbana look — with many inspired by her in-mourning vibe to jump on the same tasteless joke, insinuating that she was dressed like a widow to “dress for the job” she wants.
— carla ciccone (@cciccone) May 24, 2017
wondered what was up with Melania's very widowish black veil & then remembered you're supposed to dress for the job you want
— PAPPADEMAS (@PAPPADEMAS) May 24, 2017
What's up with Melania's widow outift? Well, you know what they say. Dress for the job you want! pic.twitter.com/XHBMEEkPFe
— Jen Spyra (@jenspyra) May 24, 2017
— Taylor Jonathan (@taylorjburt) May 25, 2017
It's less "dress for the job you wish you had" and more "dress for the husband you wish was dead" pic.twitter.com/ZUKFYnHtf0
— Paul Verhoeven (@paulverhoeven) May 24, 2017
As users probably tweeted the posts in jest, many pointed out that the joke was in poor taste and incredibly disrespectful to the president of the United States.
— MJK (@jane747) May 24, 2017
@cciccone I'm definitely not a trump supporter, but this tweet is really inappropriate.
— Emily ✨ (@emily_chauncey) May 24, 2017
Some users also pointed out that former FLOTUS Michelle Obama wore the same look while meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 — and questioned if the same joke would be made about her.
— BellyUpDallas (@BellyUpDallas) May 24, 2017
— lance newman (@engineerhunter) May 24, 2017
Melania Trump is traveling with the president during his administration’s first international trip — an eight-day, five-stop trek to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome, Brussels, and Sicily.
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