First lady Melania Trump on Wednesday talked about what she teaches 12-year-old son Barron about cyberbullying, noting it's important to treat people with "respect and kindness" on social media ― sometimes.
The first lady hit the switch to light the tree after her husband did a countdown from 10, urging audience members to join in.
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This year's display also features 72 handmade ornaments representing six regions across America in the East Room, 40 topiary trees in the East Colonnade that some have said resemble Gilead from The Handmaid's Tale, as well as 29 trees adorned with more than 14,000 red ornaments in the Grand Foyer.
"I hope everybody will come over and visit it", she said as the crowd erupted in applause.
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"What has struck me with each visit is how this epidemic has touched so many people", Trump expressed her experience since taking up the goal in helping fight the opioid abuse, attending several hospitals and schools, where she has shared her initiative. Strongly resembling this year's red tree motif, last year's featured an array of white trees.
According to the White House, the color red was a symbol of valor and bravery, matching the stripes found in the presidential seal. "In real life, they look even more handsome and you are all very welcome to visit the White House, the people's house", she said in an interview Wednesday. I have also learned that addiction is a disease, and like any illness, people need and deserve treatment.
Watch Ainsley Earhardt's full interview with the first lady on 'Fox & Friends'.
"Talking about opioids and getting the message out, and what is the media... hung up on with the first lady now?"