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First Lady Melania Trump told ABC News in an interview that aired Friday that the jacket she wore when boarding a plane to visit an immigrant children's shelter, that read "I really don't care. Do U?" was a message to the media.

Why it matters: The First Lady's team maintained at the time that the jacket had no hidden message, but Trump said it was meant to show critics "that I don't care. You could criticize whatever you want to say...but it will not stop me to do what I feel is right."

More from her interview:

  • She spoke about her "Be Best" cyberbullying campaign, and said she is one of the most bullied people in the world: "We need to educate the children of social emotional behavior so when they grow up...they know how to deal with those issues."
  • She said she's enjoying her time as First Lady: "[T]his will not last forever. And it's [a] very special time."
  • She spoke about her husband's alleged affairs: "It is not a concern and focus of mine. I'm a mother and a first lady, and I have much more important things to think about and to do. I know people like to speculate and media like to speculate about our marriage... It's not always pleasant."
  • On family separation at the border, she said: "It was unacceptable for me to see children and parents separated. It was heartbreaking. And I reacted with my own voice."

Go deeper

1 hour ago - World

Netanyahu and Israel reluctantly adjust to a post-Trump Washington

Netanyahu (R) and Biden in 2010. Photo: Avi Ohayon/GPO via Getty

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his close aides are very nervous about the transition to a new U.S. administration after a four-year honeymoon with Donald Trump. One Israeli official told me it felt like going through detox.

What he's saying: Netanyahu congratulated Biden minutes after he was sworn in, saying in a statement that he looked forward to working together to "continue expanding peace between Israel and the Arab world and to confront common challenges, chief among them the threat posed by Iran."

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. State of play: New coronavirus cases down, but more bad news ahead.
  2. Politics: Biden set to immediately ramp up federal pandemic response with 10 executive actions — Scoop: Joe Biden's COVID-19 bubble.
  3. World: Biden will order U.S. to rejoin World Health OrganizationBiden to bring U.S. into global COVAX initiative for equitable vaccine access.
  4. Vaccine: Amazon offers to help Biden administration with COVID vaccine efforts.
Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
3 hours ago - Economy & Business

First glimpse of the Biden market

Photo: Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images

Investors made clear what companies they think will be winners and which will be losers in President Joe Biden's economy on Wednesday, selling out of gun makers, pot purveyors, private prison operators and payday lenders, and buying up gambling, gaming, beer stocks and Big Tech.

What happened: Private prison operator CoreCivic and private prison REIT Geo fell by 7.8% and 4.1%, respectively, while marijuana ETF MJ dropped 2% and payday lenders World Acceptance and EZCorp each fell by more than 1%.

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