Melania Trump defends blood-red Christmas trees in White House

Arturo Kim
November 30, 2018

In 2017, the Trumps' first Christmas in the White House, her spindly, white trees with lights casting spooky shadows were also the subject of "Shining" memes.

Trump and "Fox & Friends" co-host Ainsley Earhardt toured some of the most iconic locations in the presidential residence, and the first lady offered personal thoughts on what the display means to her.

"We are in the 21st century and everybody has a different taste", Melania said during a "town hall" discussion at Liberty University.

But it was the 40 drooping bright red topiary trees lining the east colonnade that divided opinion.

It's not the first time Stephen King's horror hotel movie has been mentioned in connection with the first lady's holiday tastes. Instead, she turned the rebuke into an opportunity for a gracious invitation, noting - by contrast with some politicians who think narcissism is a way of life - that the White House belongs to all Americans.

"Also, sometimes you need to fight back ― I'm sorry", she said to cheers at a summit on the opioid crisis held at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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She added: "I hope everybody will come over and visit it".

"My wife is good friends with the first lady so she texted her and invited her to come".

This year the theme is America's Treasures, with red, white and blue evident throughout the White House. "You're all very welcome to visit the White House".

Another subject was social media etiquette, a cornerstone of her "Be Best" campaign (along with opioid use and well-being), with Melania remarking that it's important to be "respectful and kind".

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

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