Where is the First Lady today?

Answer: Texas, at the border.


Where is the First Lady? Check out this White House Press Pool report (part of it)

Subject: FLOTUS pool #1/McAllen, Texas

First lady Melania Trump is in McAllen, Texas, on an unannounced trip.
FLOTUS planned to tour two facilities, both in McAllen: The Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center, a Customs and Border Patrol/DHS intake center where migrant families spend a few days, and Upbring New Hope Children’s Shelter, part of Lutheran Social Services. That’s an HHS grantee facility that currently houses about 60 kids, ages five to 17, from Honduras and El Salvador. Most are teens. About evenly split between boys and girls. Only six of these kids were separated from parents, and the rest arrived as unaccompanied minors, according to a “senior administration official.”

The shelter opened in 2014 in a facility that had been a vacant nursing home and assisted living facility.

Heavy rain caused a last-minute change of plans, with flooding at the Border Patrol center. So we’re heading to the children’s center first. We landed in McAllen at 10:50 am CT in a heavy downpour — a gully-washer, as they say in Texas. A flash flood warning alert sounded on phones a moment after landing. Motorcade drove through deep water at several points.

A press pool is traveling with the first lady, including wires, stills and TV. Ground rules included secrecy until FLOTUS arrived at her first stop in Texas. The pool wasn’t told what city we were going to until after takeoff. The tours will be pen and pad only for the pool. No photos or audio, for the safety and privacy of children, we are told.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is traveling with FLOTUS.

At Andrews, Mrs. Trump boarded the plane wearing white pants, white top, white sneakers, sunglasses, and a green jacket.

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, gaggled shortly after takeoff. All material below is from her:

The trip – why, when it came together

FLOTUS asked her staff on Tuesday to plan a trip as soon as possible – before POTUS signed the executive order, though Grisham wasn’t sure if Mrs. Trump had an inkling that the order was coming.

“I don’t know what she knew. She knew what she wanted to do and she told us,” Grisham said.

“She wanted to see everything for herself…. She supports family reunification. She thinks that it’s important that children stay with their families.”

“This was 100 percent her idea. She absolutely wanted to come.” And it was her idea before POTUS signed the executive order, Grisham said, and she had no second thoughts after the order was signed. “She wants to see what’s happening for herself and she wants to lend her support, executive order or not. The executive order certainly is helping pave the way a little bit, but there’s still a lot to be done.”

President Trump supported this trip but he didn’t send her.

“This was her decision. She told her staff she wanted to go and we made that happen. He is supportive of it but she told him, `I’m headed down to Texas,’ and he supported it.”

The Air Force plane, a C-32A, landed at McAllen Miller International Airport. (Something your pooler learned only today: the first lady’s plane is designated “Executive One Foxtrot.”)

Is she doing this trip in order to persuade the president to do anything differently? “She wants to see these children and she wants to help children. It’s not about anything more than that…. She wants to see what’s real. She wants to see a realistic view.”

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31 Responses to Where is the First Lady today?

  1. TwoLaine says:

    Too bad she didn’t go before aligning herself with with the UNIParty.


    • stella says:

      She did no such thing. Did you read the official statement?


      • TwoLaine says:

        Yes I did. And yes she did.


        • stella says:

          I firmly disagree with you. As I said below, most of us don’t like to see children separated from their families, because children are suffering because of the actions of their parents. And we all want Congress to fix the bad legislation that is causing it to happen. Unless you don’t agree with that?

          Liked by 1 person

          • TwoLaine says:

            I don’t agree with the whining regarding separation.


          • TwoLaine says:

            I also don’t agree with the “most of us” in your statement. That is an untruth.


            • stella says:

              I disagree. Most people don’t want children to suffer because their parents are assholes. If you think they should, then I wonder about you.


              • TwoLaine says:

                You have no proof that MOST want. None whatsoever.


                • stella says:

                  I know that most people are humane. If you have proof that they aren’t then produce it.


                  • TwoLaine says:

                    False choices. I don’t need to prove anything. I’m not the one claiming that MOST PEOPLE think this is a problem. Calling me names and disparaging me doesn’t change anything.

                    There are consequences for invading other people’s sovereign countries.


                  • stella says:

                    Bye. It’s been nice knowing you. Have a good life.

                    Liked by 2 people

                • lovely says:

                  Don’t be a twat, you can’t logically argue with someone that they have spoken an untruth because you disagree with a statement they have made if you claim the statement is unprovable. And you did claim the statement is unprovable but then said it was an untruth.

                  One statement can not logically follow the other.

                  You can only argue that you disagree with the statement so your statement is by your own point of view necessarily an untruth.

                  Also if you think most people are not saddened by parents who make make choices that poorly and irrevocably affect their children’s lives you are lock step with the Clintons, the Obamas and others who have prop children.


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          • auscitizenmom says:

            Even I, who am a cold-hearted hardliner, don’t want to see children taken away from their parents. However, I do want them removed from people not their parents who are using them. The problem is how to figure that out. I hope they come up with a DNA test that can solve the question very quickly. Funny, even lying that they have such a test would stop a lot of this from happening. Hm.

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        • stella says:

          Even Heritage agrees that reuniting families should be a part of immigration reform.

          Liked by 1 person

    • stella says:

      “Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” according to a statement from her spokeswoman. “She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”

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  2. stella says:

    Just to be clear to everyone here, this is what I think.

    I believe that EVERYONE who enters our country illegally should be arrested. I also believe that if illegal alien families (verified that they are families) should be detained together, if possible.

    I think that is a humane solution. I don’t think that keeping children away from their parents is kind to children who are not guilty of anything other than doing what their parents had them do. I don’t believe that There are consequences for invading other people’s sovereign countries. when those people are children. Being detained is a consequence, no doubt, but at least they can be with their parents.

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  3. auscitizenmom says:

    I really appreciate that Melania felt so strongly about this that she just up and made the trip. I don’t care about the timing. It is better for her to know the truth about what is happening.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. stella says:

    And if one more Democrat in the House says that the children are being kept in cages, and that President Trump wants to put the mothers in the cages with them, I’ll scream.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. lovely says:

    I have commented about how much I like our First Lady. I would like to update my opinion.

    I love our First Lady.

    If anyone wonders if she has a backbone to match her husband’s this is the jacket that she wore to respond to all the haters who have said and continue to say so many terrible things about her.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. John Denney says:

    Immigration reform. Pfft.

    Secure the borders!!! So weak now that children can breach them???


  7. jeans2nd says:

    Stella and Imaginary Friends,
    All this effort, emotion and angst – for what purpose?
    All this attention focused on so-called detention centers in the U.S.

    Why has no one suggested taking care of these families in their own country? Or have they, and I’ve missed it?
    Surely most of these people wish to remain, in safety mind you, in a secure facility in their own country. All this money is spent. Would this money not go farther, perhaps even aid more families, in their own country?

    Perhaps one is just being naive. Safety may not be the families’ end purpose at all, rather, access to our money prob is the larger goal.
    Recognizing that, rather than giving all that money to the families’ corrupt governments, why not keep the cash, buy a bit of land in these families’ own country, and set up all these facilities in the families’ own country, run by the U.S.? There are so many possibilities.

    FLOTUS’ coat was a mystery to me. More personal naiveté. Thanks for explaining it upthread.
    FLOTUS truly is a marvel, is she not? Can you imagine telling, not asking mind you, telling, the most powerful man in the world that you oppose a particular decision of his and, even though understanding why he is doing it, still doing something about it, with his cash? lolol
    What a lady. And, btw, what a guy.

    Thanks for all the articles the last few days, Stella.
    Repetition, perhaps, for you all. But you might be surprised how many unseen eyes you are educating, and thus lives changed.
    Who knows? One of those sets of eyes many actually come up with a solution.
    /end ramblings

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