In an unique one-on-one interview with “Fox & Associates” co-host Ainsley Earhardt, first girl Melania Trump offered an inside have a look at the White Home’s hanging red-themed White Home Christmas décor, supplied a vacation message to Individuals and revealed whether or not she has a successful current in thoughts for the president.
Trump and Earhardt toured a few of the most iconic places within the presidential residence, and the primary girl supplied private ideas on what the Christmas shows imply to her.
“Each room has a distinct illustration, and this yr it is a theme of ‘American Treasures,'” Trump mentioned, as she confirmed off the “harvest room” that “represents what America produces.”
The primary girl revealed that the White Home had acquired some 6,000 functions from volunteers trying to assist arrange the decorations, and settled on about 230 who achieved “all the pieces” in six days. The administration sought out volunteers from army households.
“So right here we’re within the Cross Corridor and Grand Lobby,” Trump mentioned on the White Home’s major first-floor entrance lined with 29 bushes and greater than 14,000 ornaments.
“That is representing — you might see the colour purple. It represents the bravery, coronary heart and patriotism,” she mentioned. The ornaments, Trump defined individually, “signify how every baby can excel on their very own path — by training, arts, sport, expertise — they usually may very well be the perfect. And so they’re lovely ornaments, in addition to handmade — a few of them are vintage.”
The 2 continued to the East Room, which frequently serves as a reception space and backdrop for presidential press conferences. For the 51st consecutive yr, the primary girl famous, the terra cotta nativity scene donated by Italy in 1967 and full with a 30-piece creche was on show.
“Right here, this represents the range of the cities in the US — we have now 4 mantelpieces,” she mentioned. “They’re the skyline of 4 cities: New York, San Francisco, St. Louis and Chicago.”
“It is adorned in blue, after which we’ll see afterward the State Room,” Trump instructed Earhardt, referring to the State Eating Room that performs host to visiting heads of state. “That is purple, blue and white.”
“It is patriotic, and it reminds us of the American flag,” Trump instructed Earhardt. “We have now hundreds and hundreds of individuals coming by right here and see the decorations. So it’s extremely thrilling.”
The official White Home Christmas tree, Trump famous, is from North Carolina and stands at 18 ft tall within the Blue Room. The Fraser fir is adorned with 500 ft of blue velvet ribbon, embroidered in gold with “all of the states and territories,” she mentioned.
The White Home’s Christmas decorations had been met with derision after they had been revealed on Monday, with critics claiming they seemed just like the handmaids’ outfits in “The Handmaid’s Story.”
Mainstream left-leaning media shops akin to The Washington Submit, USA Right this moment, Time, HuffPost, San Francisco Chronicle and Vice all mocked the decorations, at occasions masking their disdain by specializing in the backlash of trolls on social media.
However at a city corridor Wednesday at Liberty College, the primary girl made clear that every one the negativity concerning the decorations — usually a political no-go zone — didn’t hassle her.
“It’s the 21st century, and everyone has totally different tastes,” she mentioned. “I believe they appear unbelievable. I hope everyone will come over and go to it.”
On a private notice, the primary girl instructed Earhardt that “our entire household’s coming down” to Palm Seaside, Fla., to rejoice Christmas. Requested whether or not she had a plan for a Christmas reward for her husband, Trump urged there’s nonetheless some work to be carried out.
“Oh, I did not consider that — I am too busy,” she mentioned, laughing. Trump added that “we do generally” trade items, however that “I am so busy now. And it is crucial I deal with this mission now.”
As she continues to handle the White Home’s Christmas festivities, the primary girl supplied a message for Individuals heading into the ultimate weeks of 2018.
“I want everybody a Merry Christmas and comfortable holidays, a affluent and peaceable New Yr,” she mentioned.