Trumps light national Christmas tree for first time

Trumps light national Christmas tree for first time

Co-hosts Dean Cain and Kathie Lee Gifford were with the president and first lady Melania Trump as the switch lit up the Christmas tree, adorned in blue and yellow lights. "The man who brought "Merry Christmas" back to our nation's capital - and you did, sir".

Trump has repeatedly taken shots at Obama for not wishing the country a "Merry Christmas", both before and after he took office.

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

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Included in the White House Christmas decorations is a huge 300-pound gingerbread replica of the White House itself, complete with Christmas wreaths in each window.

Music played as many onlookers watched First Lady Melania Trump press the button that would jump start the holiday lights on the festive tree. "It says "happy holidays" all over", Donald Trump proclaimed in the past.

Among the Christmas standards is an 18-foot (about 5.5-meter) fir tree in its traditional spot in the Blue Room, decorated with ornaments bearing the seals of every state and US territory. A separate tree near the East Wing entrance is dedicated to families that lost loved ones in the military.

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More than 150 volunteers from 29 states spent 1,600 hours over the holiday weekend decking the White House halls. She did a final check late Sunday after returning from the family's Thanksgiving at their home in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump regularly dismisses the media as "fake news", including in a tweet Monday.

This was the scene from Thursday's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony where the crowd was, um, a little light.

The White House says 25,000 visitors are expected to take special Christmas tours of the building during the holidays.

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