First Lady Melania Trump was heavily criticized by journalists on Twitter on Tuesday for wearing black stilettos as she boarded Air Force One to fly to hurricane-ravaged Texas, but when she exited the plane, the first lady was wearing sneakers and a "FLOTUS" ball cap.
President Donald Trump and the first lady flew to Corpus Cristi, Texas, where they met with Gov. Greg Abbott (R., Texas) to assess what needs to be done to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Abbott said Trump will not be visiting Houston, a city still experiencing extreme flooding.
After pictures of the first lady were posted on Twitter early Tuesday morning, several journalists and Trump critics mocked her stilettos and asked whether she was "prepared" for the storm. Some questioned the practicality of the first lady's choice, others deemed them representative of her being "out of touch," and some wished the worst for her.
good luck surveying a flood zone in those shoes https://t.co/yce46q4UQE
— Madeline Conway (@MadelineRConway) August 29, 2017
I fear Melania Trump’s four-inch heels may not last the day. pic.twitter.com/cEngzLn3ck
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) August 29, 2017
Those stilettos should help her stay above the flood line https://t.co/dQ89fK18N5
— Ryan Teague Beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) August 29, 2017
God grant me the serenity not to comment on the shoes.
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) August 29, 2017
Struggling with this myself
— Ashley Gold (@ashleyrgold) August 29, 2017
I know it's unsisterly to mention Melania's shoes but she won't have them long once they get to Texas and that house lands on her.
— Lucy Prebble (@lucyprebblish) August 29, 2017
Worst time to wear heels since Jurassic World pic.twitter.com/mWvFVF8q1m
— Toby Earle (@TobyonTV) August 29, 2017
When Trump exited the plane, she received largely positive reactions for wearing a "FLOTUS"—First Lady of the United States—hat and a pair of white sneakers.
Melania Trump having a "FLOTUS" hat is a baller move. pic.twitter.com/fM8hIRZ6wG
— Barstool News (BNN) (@BarstoolNewsN) August 29, 2017
— Ruth Guerra (@Guerraruth) August 29, 2017
The FLOTUS hat is pretty sweet but you can't look at it & tell me Hannity wouldn't have done a week on how Michelle Obama looked too hip hop
— Jared Rizzi (@JaredRizzi) August 29, 2017
POTUS + FLOTUS land in TX with Tom Price, Ben Carson, and Linda McMahon. POTUS wearing USA hat and FLOTUS wearing a FLOTUS hat and sneakers
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 29, 2017
The first lady's communications director responded to criticism of the stilettos, saying it was "sad that we have an active and ongoing natural disaster in Texas, and people are worried about her shoes."
from @FLOTUS comms dir: "It's sad that we have an active and ongoing natural disaster in Texas, and people are worried about her shoes."
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) August 29, 2017