President Trump led Easter celebrations at the White House on Monday, alongside his wife Melania and youngest son Baron. It is the first time Melania and Baron have been seen at the White House since President Trump’s inauguration in January.
Trump did not deviate far from the traditional message, as he stood next to the Easter Bunny and thanked his wife for her hard work in organising the event.
The ‘egg roll’ itself is a race, in which children push Easter Eggs through the grass of the White House’s southern lawn with long-handled spoons. This history of the event doesn’t say when it first took place, though credits President Rutherford B Hayes for bringing the tradition back to life after Congress banned activities on the White House lawn.
Trump commented that the children invited to take part in the event were “highly, highly competitive”.
The President then handed over to his Slovenian-born wife, who thanked the military before wishing those in attendance a happy Easter.
On Thursday, White House Press chief Sean Spicer (who in 2008 played the part of White House Easter Bunny himself) said around 21,000 people were expected to attend the event, and at least 18,000 commemorative eggs had been ordered for the event.