Trump's First White House 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.

Monday's event marked the White House's 139th egg roll event, which started under President James Madison in 1814. Melania and Barron Trump are officially moving to the White House this summer once the school year ends. That's down from the 35,000 people who attended past year.

It's a staple of the Presidential calendar and this was Trump's first time presiding. I want to thank all the military with us today - (applause) - and all military in this great nation, and servicemen and servicewomen all around the world keeping us safe.

But good news, once the school year ended, the little boy and his mother, who would live very badly his role of First Lady, will therefore put their suitcases at the White House.

"I've seen those kids, and they're highly, highly competitive", the president said.

"She wanted to get back to the tradition, so we're bringing back some traditional elements, like military bands, and focusing on the family itself", said Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's communications director. About 35,000 people attended a year ago, when then-first lady Michelle Obama organized a carnival-like affair with pop singers, celebrity chefs and professional sports stars. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) Michael McGee, 5, poses with an Easter bunny during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April, 17, 2017.

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Families attended dressed in their Easter best, and for some that even meant bunny ears.

The White House Historical Association said that 40,000 of the eggs were ordered this year, with 18,000 set to be given away at the event and another 22,000 to be made available for purchase.

President Trump joins children at a craft table during the 139th Easter Egg Roll.

Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway were also at the event.

"This is the first time that my husband and I hosting this wonderful tradition".