The successful rescue of all 12 members of a soccer team and their coach in Thailand from a flooded cave has gripped the world — Melania Trump included.
The first lady, who has just left for Europe for a weeklong trip with President Trump, used part of her flight to tweet a message celebrating Tuesday’s news that the boys were safe. FLOTUS called it “an amazing and heroic global effort.”
Wonderful to hear all 12 boys & their coach are out of the cave in #Thailand. What an amazing & heroic global effort! Wishing them all a speedy recovery.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 10, 2018
While her tweet echoed the sentiments of countless people around the globe, critics couldn’t resist accusing Trump of hypocrisy in light of her husband’s controversial family separation policy. The Trump administration is expected to miss its Tuesday deadline of reuniting more than 100 children under the age of 5 with their parents after they were separated and detained at the border.
Through her spokeswoman, the first lady has expressed her opposition to seeing “children separated from their families” and has made two visits to detention centers. However, this has not pacified her many critics in the firestorm that followed her appearance wearing a Zara jacket bearing the slogan “I really don’t care, do u?” en route to a detention center in June.
Critics aren’t exactly buying her eagerness to celebrate the return of the 12 boys in Thailand to their parents, given that 2,000 migrant children have been separated from their families under POTUS’s watch.
— Maryann (@MaryannDonie) July 10, 2018
Reuniting kids with their parents is a great feeling, & very humane
— Balls Deep State 🗽 (@BallsDeepState) July 10, 2018
Unless they try to come to America with their parents, in which case we throw them in cages and pretend they aren’t real people, right?
— Howard Cohen (@hocot) July 10, 2018
Hey @FLOTUS 12 Kids-2weeks-2.5 Miles of submerged tunnel & kids who can’t swim or dive, & ALL those kids R back with their families & not covered with lice or numbed by psychotropic drugs. HOW FUC%ING hard is it to put kidnapped kids on a plane? @FLOTUS You are a MONSTER! #ICare pic.twitter.com/nWFDyQBp9S
— 💙SunnySkol💙#HonorVets (@sunnyskol) July 10, 2018
— the Chirpy 1 (@Debdicker) July 10, 2018
Isn't reuniting kids with their parents the best feeling……………….
— #MidtermsMatter 11/6/18 (@BenYoungerman) July 10, 2018
Trump supporters have fired back at the criticism, defending both the first lady and the divisive immigration policy.
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