Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

President Trump, First Lady Melania Participate in National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

President Trump, First Lady Melania Participate in National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The decorations included more than 40 topiary trees - many of which were dyed bright red - 72 handmade paper ornaments and the official White House Christmas tree, an 18-foot fir wrapped in 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon. Last year's decorations were a homage to Jackie Kennedy's first Christmas on Pennsylvania Avenue, which took as its theme Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.

"I hope everybody will come over and visit it", she said as the crowd erupted in applause. Earlier this month, when asked about his war on the media, Trump explained: "I have to fight back".

However, given that White House tours need to be requested a minimum of 21 days in advance, it's possible Melania was being a little too optimistic. "In real life, they look even more lovely, and you are all very welcome to visit the White House, the People's House".

Addressing the opioid epidemic is a pillar of the first lady's Be Best youth initiative.

As you may know, Melania, in her position as the First Lady of the United States is responsible for the décor at the White House every year of Trump's presidential rule.

But this time around, she handled the flak with a grace that made her critics look small.

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Also participating is Dianna Hart, whose daughter, Demi Lovato, has been vocal about her struggle with addiction. "He doesn't have social media yet; he's not interested in it", Trump said.

President Donald Trump has called it a "national health emergency" and she says his administration is committed to fighting the opioid epidemic.

It's not the first time Stephen King's horror hotel movie has been mentioned in connection with the first lady's holiday tastes.

"I also believe you have the capacity to not think of this in terms of statistics, but to think of this as a human story and an opportunity to save lives", she said.

Trump encouraged students to "be fearless enough to ask" if someone needs help "or strong enough to stand with them as they fight through the disease".

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