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Melania makes surprise visit to border to 'meet the children' but public is BANNED from


( Daily Mail ) First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Texas Thursday morning for a surprise visit to children being held at the border by her husband’s administration but the public was banned from seeing her interact with the kids.

Dressed in a creme button down safari jacket, white pants, and sneakers, the First Lady arrived in a rainy McAllen, Texas, to tour a facilities where children are being held.

And while her briefing with officials was broadcast live on cable news there were no photos of her meeting the children being detained in the facility.

During the visit, the first lady interacted with dozens of kids, visiting three classrooms, and talking to several of them.

But, while a print reporter was allowed to write about the interactions, the White House set ‘ground rules’ that forbid ‘audio or photos’ of her with the kids.

Melania Trump’s communications director Stephanie Grisham explained the rule was for the children’s safety.

‘She visited with minor children so it was to protect their safety,’ Grisham explained to the in a statement.

The Trump administration has been limiting media access to the facilities where children are being held amid a firestorm of controversy over President Donald Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy that has led to the migrant kids being separated from their parents.

The first lady’s trip also became notable for her fashion


Read more: Melania makes a surprise visit to the Texas border to visit detained children and ‘thank law enforcement and social service providers’ after Trump ends controversial family separation


Melania Trump was wearing her controversial jacket when she returned to Washington DC





Ready to go: Melania was seen wearing the jacket when she exited her Secret Service SUV at the Air Force base in Maryland, pairing it with white jeans and Adidas Stan Smith sneakers



Surprise: The visit was not disclosed in advance but comes after the First Lady pressured her husband to end the policy of forced separations



Partial change: Although she swapped jackets upon her arrival, she left her white jeans and Adidas sneakers on


Different look: Melania wore her cream military-inspired coat was buttoned up



Visit: Melania Trump made an unexpected trip to Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, where 55 children are currently being held



Austere: This is one of the bedrooms where children are held in the facility visited by the First Lady. 



Inspection: Melania Trump toured the child shelter in McAllen, Texas, where 55 children are being held after crossing the border. The 'majority' did so unaccompanied, but it is unclear how many were taken from their parents





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