WASHINGTON, DC — Nearly 30,000 kids and adults played through the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump kicking off some of the egg races themselves with a “whistle.”
The first couple emerged from the White House to address the families gathered on the south lawn before joining in the fun. Despite a brief wet moment, the skies cleared for the festivities that included egg racing, the First Lady and members of the administration reading to the kids, the Easter bunny, egg pop stations, cookie decorating, egg hunting, a virtual reality hen house, music performances, a mini White House press podium, giant colored White House eggs, coloring walls, and – new for 2018 n– blow-up bowling on the south lawn.
“I want to really thank the First Lady, Melania, who has done an incredible job. She worked so hard on this event,” said Trump, who also thanked the White House Historical Association and others who worked with the First Lady to put the massive celebration together. President Trump thanked the military and the “unbelievable” military band playing at the event. He also offered thanks to participants on behalf of the Trump family.
Trump highlighted America’s positive economic performance and $700 billion in military funding, which he said would bring that sector up to what he indicated would soon be a historic level.
Kids gathered in the egg roll race area waiting for the President to talk to them (Credit: Michelle Moons/Breitbart News)
Several of the President’s children and grandchildren attended the event. Seen at the event were Donald Trump Jr., Vanessa Trump, and their children; Tiffany Trump; and Eric and Lara Trump and their new six-month-old baby Luke. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were not seen while the other Trump children joined in the egg races.
Donald Trump Jr., Vanessa Trump, and Tiffany Trump with some of the President’s grandchildren at the race station of the White House Easter Egg Roll (Credit: Michelle Moons/Breitbart News)
President Donald Trump addresses White House Easter Egg Roll families, highlighting the U.S. military funding and the military band participants. (Credit: Michelle Moons/Breitbart News)
President Trump stands with the Easter Bunny as he thanks First Lady Melania Trump for all of her work on the Easter Egg Roll (Credit: Michelle Moons/Breitbart News)
President Trump and First Lady Melania descend White House stairs to spend time with families and kids at the Easter Egg Roll (Credit: Michelle Moons/Breitbart News)
President Trump and First Lady Melania blow whistles to launch Egg Roll Races (Credit: Michelle Moons/Breitbart News)
The President and First Lady can be seen starting the race charge and kids taking off toward the finish line: