Trump gives Melania the honor to light National Christmas Tree in DC

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Melania Trump is defending her hall of blood-red Christmas trees after social media compared the decor to "The Shining" and "The Handmaid's Tale".

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Melania Trump fires back at critics of her nightmarish red Christmas trees: ‘I think they look fantastic’
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As first lady, one of Mrs Trump's jobs is to decorate the presidential homes for the holiday season, leading the annual team of White House staff and volunteers to prepare the "People's House" for Christmas. "I'm sorry", she said during a town hall with students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, drawing cheers from the audience.

The first lighting took place on Christmas Eve in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a Christmas tree in front of 3,000 spectators.

As a mother herself of Barron Trump, the first lady said that she discusses with her son what is right and wrong and tells him to "love yourself more than you love drugs".

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Yesterday evening, Melania was already back in Washington DC. with Donald for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony held by the National Park Service near the White House.

"We are in the 21st Century and everybody has a different taste", Trump explained.

"I think they look fantastic", Trump said.

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Last year, rows of branches sprayed white and lit from below were a haunting first sight for anyone fearless enough to tread down the hallway and this year, people are describing the First Lady's bold choice of red trees as similarly nightmarish.

During last year's ceremony, Trump noted how the birth of Jesus Christ "forever changed the course of human history", adding, "There is hardly an aspect of our lives today that his life has not touched: art, music, culture, law, and our respect for the sacred dignity of every person everywhere in the world".

Her statement can be heard in a video obtained by Reuters and recorded during her appearance as part of her anti-opioid addiction and cyberbullying initiative Be Best initiative. "About a pound of fentanyl can cause 150,000 deaths".

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