On Friday, first lady Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to a group home for victims of domestic violence and abuse to meet with a small group of teenage girls.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Trump arrived at the HomeSafe group home just after 10:00 a.m. EST on Friday and spent about 45 minutes talking with a group of seven teenage girls, all victims of child abuse.
— HomeSafe (@HomeSafeFla) April 14, 2017
“This is a day that the girls will never forget,” Matthew Ladika, who runs HomeSafe, told the Post. “It was extra special and touching.”
While there, Trump brought the girls gifts, Easter baskets and stuffed Easter bunnies for some of the younger children.
“I had a wonderful time visiting @HomeSafeFla today! The young ladies I spoke with hold so much promise for the future,” Trump tweeted after her visit.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 14, 2017
The girls, all between the ages of 12-17, were removed from their homes via court orders and placed in HomeSafe’s residential program, according to the Post. The group home currently houses seven girls and 40 boys from the South Florida area.
The visit, which went widely unreported, caught the attention of shoe news website Footwear News. The website identified and reported on Trump’s $1,150 shoes then lashed out at her.
“No doubt the children will weigh heavily on her mind on Easter as she enjoys a holiday meal and restful time amid the terra-cotta-roofed Mar-a-Lago, which boasts sweeping oceanfront views nearly 11 miles away,” the publication wrote.
The news website’s implication, of course, is that Trump’s visit to the group home was shallow because she lives a life of luxury. Just one question though: Would they have said the same thing about Michelle Obama?