First Lady Melania Trump and Second Lady Karen Pence traveled to Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday to learn about the military’s emergency preparedness and humanitarian efforts in the state.
Being military inspired, Melania donned an army green trench coat from Coach. The knee-length cotton trench coat features leather belted trim cuffs, shoulder epaulettes, gun flaps on the chest and adjustable belt at the waist. It retails for $695, but it is on sale for $347 at Coach.com.
As for footwear, Melania completed the look with beige suede rust-colored Manolo Blahnik that features a smooth-leather cap toe. This gorgeous two-tone suede pump is unfortunately sold out. Midway through the trip, she traded her Manolos for a pair of brown suede Roger Vivier Gommette ballet flats that featured the brand signature pilgrim buckle at the toe.
Second Lady Karen donned a brown pant suit with a blazer featuring a bow that clinched at the waist.
The first stop in Charleston was Lambs Elementary School to visit fifth grade students participating in the Red Cross Pillowcase Project, an emergency preparedness program designed to help children mentally and physically prepare for natural disasters. Talking to the children in small groups about what they would pack for a disaster, the wives distributed ‘Be Best’ flashlights for the kids to include in their safety kit.
“I love what you are doing,” Melania said, while telling one girl who said her sister is serving in the military to thank her for her service.
The visit to South Carolina comes weeks after the state was swept up in the path of Hurricane Dorian last month. After the school visit, Melania and Karen headed to Joint Base Charleston in North Charleston to meet with major emergency response teams. Both ladies were briefed by five major emergency response teams — the 841st Transportation Battalion, US Coast Guard, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Emergency Operation Center staff. The briefing highlighted their methods of emergency preparedness, including how the unit was equipped for disaster readiness or response and provided insight into the humanitarian recovery efforts and emergency response missions.
Following the briefing, both ladies toured static displays of an Air Force C17, a Coast Guard Helicopter and watercraft, and an Explosive Ordinance Disposal vehicle. To close out their South Carolina trip, the First Lady and the Second Lady made remarks to several hundred service members and their families on the base, thanking them for serving the country.
Melania praising the recent raid targeting Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria.
“I want to take a moment and address Saturday’s successful special ops event that brought final justice to the leader of the evil terrorist group known as ISIS, and acknowledge the courage and courageous soldiers who carried out this dangerous operation,” Melania said in her brief remarks. “Our military never been stronger or more capable than it is now. And our nation will continue to stand strong in the face of any enemy.”
“I’m reminded every time about the important missions you, our military do around the world,” Melania added. “You carry the message of duty, honor and country wherever you deploy our teams, a testament to our national unity, demonstrating every day how our communities can lean on each other and find the strength and courage to step forward when called upon in times of need. Whether it is missing loved ones currently deployed, or families struggling to cope with loss, the military community always demonstrates what the resilience look like in the face of adversity.”
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