Trump, Melania Strike A Different Tone At Annual Easter Egg Roll

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April 17, 2017Apr 17, 2017

President Trump and First Lady Melania struck a different tone Monday at the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn, fully acknowledging the tense atmosphere between the U.S. and North Korea that was present throughout the Easter weekend.

Speaking from the South Portico balcony with Melania, his youngest son Barron, and a perpetually shocked looking Easter bunny by his side, Trump followed a singing of the “National Anthem” by saying, “I want to thank everybody. This is the 139th Easter Egg Roll. It began a long time ago — 1878 — and we will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation than ever before. We’re right on track.”

“You see what’s happening, and we’re right on track,” he repeated.

He then said he and Melania were going to sign cards for “our great troops” before joining the crowd outside.

Trump thanked his wife for how hard she worked on arranging the event before escorting her to the microphone as the crowd cheered.

After thanking the crowd and staff, she said, “I want to thank all the military with us today.”

She paused as the crowd clapped enthusiastically before saying, “And all military in this great nation, and servicemen and servicewomen all around the world who are keeping us safe.”

Later, as the First Family mingled with the crowd, someone asked the president if he had a message for North Korea after their failed missile test this past weekend, according to USA Today.

“They have to behave,” he replied.

The event was a purposefully scaled-down version from previous Easter Egg Rolls. The main event is the egg rolling race on the White House lawn, where children roll eggs by using large spoons.

White House personalities often help host the event, and this year both Melania and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer read books to the children.

Spicer himself once played the Easter Bunny for the 2008 Easter Egg Roll under President George W. Bush, according to Business Insider.

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