Melania Trump elbows her husband to save him from gaffe

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

Donald Trump was hosting his first Easter Egg Roll at the White House when he took to the balcony overlooking the mansion's lawns to hear a rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Of the many traditions a president has to participate in, the annual White House Easter Egg Roll is certainly one of the strangest.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who previously donned the Easter Bunny suit during the George W. Bush administration, happily took on the role of storyteller at this year's event. In the weeks leading up to event - planning falls unto the First Lady and her staff - the White House spoke of a scaled back celebration, estimating 21,000 guests would attend (last year, 35,000 people attended Barack Obama's final event).

I don't know if we're gonna be successful", Trump said of the egg-rolling festivities, "but I know a lot of people down there are gonna be successful.

It's a staple of the Presidential calendar and this was Trump's first time presiding.

However Stephanie Grisham, Ms Trump's communications director, told CNN that Ms Trump deliberately kept the event smaller and less celebrity-studded than in past years. They also visited various stations around the event, which include a reading nook, a cookie-decorating station, an egg-dying station, an art wall, and a table where guests can write notes to military troops and veterans. The president did, however, join in on some coloring, which he was seen remarking, per Politico, is "the hard part". "As we renew this tradition, thank you for joining us", she said, clad in a high-collared, pastel pink dress.

The White House Historical Association said that 40,000 of the eggs were ordered this year, with 18,000 set to be given away at the event and another 22,000 to be made available for purchase. One widely shared US Weekly article cited "a family insider" as saying Melania Trump was considering staying in Trump Tower.

Speaking on Monday at the popular "egg-stravaganza", Trump said: "we will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation than ever before".

President Donald Trump has welcomed families to the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll.

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