VIDEO: White House Easter Egg Roll is a timeless tradition

President Donald Trump holds up a signed letter he wrote to a member of the U.S. Military on Monday, April 17, 2017, during the 139th Easter Egg Roll at the White House, in Washington, D.C. This was the first Easter Egg Roll of the Trump Administration. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Today, First Lady Melania Trump is hosting the 140th annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House’s South Lawn. The White House Easter Egg Roll is a timeless tradition that dates back to 1878 and the Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes.

For the lucky winners of a public lottery held in February, this year’s festivities kicked off with a bright-and-early start at 7:30 a.m. They will continue well into this evening.


“On Easter Sunday, we proclaim with joy: ‘Christ is Risen,’” President Trump said in a video message to commemorate the Easter and Passover holidays. “We praise our Heavenly Father for the blessings of freedom and the gift of eternal life.”

Remarks by President Trump at the 2018 White House Easter Egg Roll
Issued on: April 2, 2018
South Lawn

10:42 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: I wish I had that voice. He was fantastic. Thank you very much.

Well, welcome to the 2018 White House Easter Egg Roll. So many people. You know, it was supposed to be pouring, the weather. It was supposed to be very rainy and nasty and cold and windy. And look what we have: perfect weather. Perfect weather. Beautiful weather.

Thank you all for being here, folks. Thank you all. I want to really thank the First Lady, Melania, who has done an incredible job. She worked so hard on this event, and I so want to thank you. (Applause.) That’s beautiful.

Also, I want to thank the White House Historical Association and all of the people that work so hard with Melania, with everybody, to keep this incredible house or building, or whatever you want to call it — because there really is no name for it; it is special — and we keep it in tip-top shape. We call it sometimes tippy-top shape. And it’s a great, great place.

It’s an honor to have everybody. On behalf of the Trump family, many of whom are with us right here in the audience, I just want to thank you. 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.

Our military is now at a level — will soon be at a level that it’s never been before. It’s a — you see what’s happening, and you see what’s happening with funding. The funding of our military was so important. And so many military people are with us today. So just think of $700 billion, because that’s all going into our military this year.

So I want to thank you all for being here. The band, unbelievable. I love you people. I hear them a lot. They’re as talented as anybody and any players anywhere. So thank you very much.

And now, I’m going to come down, and we’re going to watch this roll. Thank you, all. And have a great time. Thank you. Happy Easter. Thank you very much. (Applause.)


10:44 A.M. EDT

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