President Trump Hosts 21000 to His 1st Easter Egg Roll


However, ahead of the festivities, US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania and their son Barron were standing on the White House's Truman Balcony in preparation for the national anthem.

Alongside first lady Melania and son Barron, the president welcomed 21,000 guests and some 18,000 easter eggs to the White House to take part in the tradition that has been around since 1878.

Melania Trump reads to children attending the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

Speaking at this year's event, he said: "This is the 139th Easter Egg Roll".

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The White House ultimately opted to invite 16,000 fewer people than the previous year, leading to what appeared to be a much sparser South Lawn than previous years.

Donald Trump attended an Easter church service Sunday at Bethesda-by-the-Sea, an Episcopal church near his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach where he and Melania Trump were married in 2005.

3 The president and first lady blow whistles to start the 139th Easter Egg Roll.

'I just want to thank First Lady Melania Trump, ' Trump followed.

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After his remarks, the president signed greeting cards for soldiers stationed overseas, autographed at least one children's book, and shook hands with members of the crowd.

In his greeting, Mr. Trump said that the country was "right on track".

He also joined kids at a crafts table, making greeting cards for US troops, while Melania Trump read Kathie Lee Gifford's book "Party Animals".

Trump praised his wife, acknowledging what he described as her efforts in organizing the White House event.

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The gaffe came shortly after the President gave a speech beside a person dressed as the Easter Bunny, telling a crowd of children that "we will be stronger and bigger as a nation than ever before". During the Bush administration he wore the Easter bunny costume at the egg roll.