Melania Trump's White House Christmas decorations | Times2


PDThe first National Christmas Tree in 1923

Melania Trump has responded to criticism of her choice of Christmas decorations for the White House, saying they "look fantastic".

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President Donald Trump has called it a "national health emergency" and she says his administration is committed to fighting the opioid epidemic. "Thank you to the many volunteers and staff who worked hard to decorate the halls of the People's House in Christmas cheer".

Another tree that catches Trump's eyes is red-themed and features glass soccer balls and skateboards, ornaments displaying the first lady's anti-cyberbullying campaign slogan, "Be Best", and for some reason, a wreath made of sharpened "Be Best" pencils. "You're all very welcome to visit the White House".

Speaking at a panel event at Liberty University in Virginia on Wednesday, Mrs Trump said: "We are in the 21st century and everybody has a different taste".

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"Welcome to Christmas at the House of Horrors", wrote @ellievan65.

The first lady said that she knew she would be criticised about her "Be Best" initiative to promote healthy living and encourage kindness, respect and positive online behaviour.

Helping children "avoid negative social media interaction" is one of the core goals of the "Be Best" initiative, along with combating the opioid crisis, the subject of the town hall.

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Over 72,000 American deaths were caused by opiate abuse in 2017.

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