WASHINGTON—The First Family attended the first Easter Egg Roll of Donald Trump’s presidency on Monday, making their rounds at the annual event that draws families from across the region to the White House’s South Lawn for Easter festivities.
Addressing attendees Monday morning from the White House’s south portico, Trump congratulated his wife on organizing the event.
“She’s been working on this a long time to make it perfect,” Trump said. “We’re going to have a lot of people and their going to have a great time.”
In rare public remarks from the White House, the First Lady offered her thanks to staff, volunteers and servicemembers at the event and beyond.
Monday’s event came amid questions over whether or not the White House would be able to adequately organize the event in time.
The New York Times reported last week that planning for the event, which is the first major social draw for the First Lady’s Office, had lagged, with concerns lingering over who would receive tickets, who would provide entertainment and how many people would attend.
The White House ultimately opted to invite 16,000 fewer people than the previous year, leading to what appeared to be a much sparser South Lawn than previous years.
While the event did not feature top level talent or celebrity appearances as it had under the Obama administration, some of the traditional trappings remained, including Trump blowing the whistle to start the egg roll event itself and a reading session from Melania Trump to the assembled children.
Monday’s event marked the White House’s 139th egg roll event, which started under President James Madison in 1814.