The Trumps hosted their 2nd White House Easter Egg Roll — and the photos are fantastic

President Donald Trump at the White House with the Easter Bunny on Monday.

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President Donald Trump at the White House with the Easter Bunny on Monday.
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The White House hosted its 140th annual Easter Egg Roll on Monday, welcoming roughly 30,000 people to participate in activities like lawn bowling, egg decorating, and storybook reading.

Melania Trump spearheaded the event, as is tradition for the first lady.

“On behalf of the Trump family, many of whom are with us right here in the audience, I just want to thank you,” President Donald Trump told the crowd. “This is a special year. Our country is doing great. You look at the economy; you look at what’s happening. Nothing is ever easy, but we have never had an economy like we have right now. And we’re going to make it bigger and better and stronger.”

The first Easter Egg Roll was hosted by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878. The event is a joint effort among the White House, the White House Historical Association, and the National Park Service.

And it always yields amusing photos.

Here are some of the best images from Monday.


The White House kicked off events Monday morning on the South Lawn.

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Skye Kennedy, 5, Seamus Menefee, 7, and Jack Kennedy, 8, participate in the egg roll.
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Families from around the US come to take part in the day’s festivities. This year, just like the last, supporters of the president also showed up.

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Trump supporters hold a “Thank You!” banner.
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Trump addressed the crowd around 10:30 a.m. ET.

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Melania Trump stood nearby. The Easter Egg Roll is one of the first lady’s most prominent public events every year.

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With the Easter Bunny and first lady at his side, the commander in chief saluted a member of the military for their service.

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Along with Trump’s daughter Tiffany and son Barron, the first couple blew the whistle to start the main event: the egg roll.

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Then the children were off to the races, vying to be the first to roll their egg past the finish line.

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This year, the White House added a new activity for children: lawn bowling.


Other members of the Trump family were there too. Donald Trump, Jr. and Vanessa Trump, who recently filed for divorce, crossed paths.

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Some Trump administration officials also showed up, including the chief of staff, John Kelly.

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Kelly holds a young girl during the egg roll.
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry had some fun as well.

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Trump had the opportunity to interact with many children.

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Families could see a state egg display, read in a nook, write cards for troops, take photos, decorate eggs and cookies, hunt for eggs, color, and interact with costumed characters.


Melania Trump read a book to the kids.

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Trump showed his wife affection.

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The two have been weathering rumors of affairs and have been seen together in public less often.

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All in all, about 30,000 people participated in this year’s event, compared with about 21,000 who attended last year.

Source: NBC News