President Trump lights U.S. national Christmas tree

Of Melania Trump In The White House Spark Controversy By Charles Roberts

Of Melania Trump In The White House Spark Controversy By Charles Roberts

In 2017, that Christmas spirit is now on full display at the White House.

One pundit is defending Melania Trump after many have dragged her on social media due to the White House Christmas decorations.

Trump has even been critical of President Barack Obama's approach to the holiday, and many people have been pointing out how the Obama's Christmas cards read "happy holidays" instead of "merry Christmas".

In a move that stunned many in Washington, cable news network CNN opted to skip this year's White House Christmas party.

The night was a big outing for the Trump family, including the president's daughters Tiffany and Ivanka, who was with her three children and husband, Jared Kushner; as well as his son Donald Jr and his wife Vanessa.

Melania Trump, alongside President Donald Trump, wears a red Chanel coat with nude Christian Louboutin So Kate pumps.

The decorations continue a tradition that dates back decades. For example, he routinely makes the point that we should use the more traditional greeting of "Merry Christmas" over the politically correct "Happy Holidays".

Jennifer Pickens, an expert on White House East Wing traditions, predicted that Mrs Trump's window wreaths will become another tradition that no future first lady will want to end.

The White House said she personally chose every detail of the decor.

The National Christmas Tree will be lit during a ceremony that starts at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, at the White House. More than 25,000 visitors are expected to tour the White House for the holidays and the kitchen is ready: a total of 31,000 cookies have been baked, including 15,000 sugar cookies.

"Glad she's understood the aesthetic of the long national nightmare we're in", one person said, while another called "that long, foreboding tunnel of darkness swallowing us up" a metaphor for the political climate.

The "birther" conspiracy theory was first peddled during the 2008 presidential race and asserts Mr Obama was ineligible to be president because he was not born a citizen of the US.

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