The White House is decorated for Christmas. The revelation comes weeks after the first lady made derogatory comments about her holiday interior design assignments.
In a post shared to her Twitter account on Monday, Trump gave a virtual tour of the traditional decorations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“During this special time of year, I look forward to sharing ‘America the Beautiful’ and celebrating the majesty of our great nation. Together we celebrate this country that we are all proud to call home,” she wrote in the caption with the hashtag #WHChristmas.
In the video, viewers can see a traditional decor with lots of green Christmas trees with white lights and red ornaments.
Close-up of the video also revealed minor details about the decor, including a “White House Express” train, a “Be Best” ornament and a Christmas Day hospital figure, perhaps a nod to health workers in the midst of the pandemic.
In the White House Library, the decor celebrated this year’s 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with all the winning work from Trump’s 19th Amendment to the children’s art competition hosted earlier this year.
In the blue room, the official White House Christmas tree is displayed, showing the country from the perspective of its children.
“Students across the country were asked to artistically portray what makes their condition beautiful by highlighting the people, places and things that capture the spirit of the state where they call home,” a press release explained. “Glittering on the branches shows their mini-masterpieces collectively America, the beautiful.”
Trump also spoke for this year’s theme, “America the Beautiful,” in the release.
“Over the past four years, I have had the honor of traveling to some of our nation’s most beautiful landmarks and meeting some of the most compassionate and patriotic American citizens,” she said. “From coast to coast, the band, as the whole of Americans, is, an appreciation for our traditions, values and history, which was the inspiration behind the decorations this year. Thanks to all the staff and volunteers who worked to make sure the People’s House was ready for the holiday season. Wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. ”
Trump raised controversy in October over comments she made about Christmas during a secretly recorded conversation by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who wrote the book “Melania and Me.”
The footage included Trump expressing dismay at her role in decorating the White House at Christmas time, while being criticized for not doing more meaningful work.
“I work mine (exploratory) with the Christmas fabrics, as you know, who gives one (exploratory) about Christmas fabrics and decorations, but I have to do it, right?” Trump is heard saying.
“And then I do, and I say I work on Christmas and plan for Christmas,” Trump continued. “And they say, ‘What about the children who are separated?’ Give me a (explicit) break. “
In 2019, Trump also chose a traditional decor style for the holidays. Last year’s layout included green Christmas trees complete with red ornaments and blue bows for a patriotic flair, floral arrangements, a nativity scene and a gingerbread White House.
The year before, Trump was criticized for using red Christmas trees in the East Colonnade, where some critics said it looked like they belonged in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Contribution: Hannah Yasharoff
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