Melania Trump talks opioid crisis, social media at town hall

Melania Trump fires back at critics of her nightmarish red Christmas trees: ‘I think they look fantastic’

Melania Trump fires back at critics of her nightmarish red Christmas trees: ‘I think they look fantastic’

First Lady Melania Trump on Wednesday defended the striking forest of red Christmas trees that have been installed in the White House.

The first lady revealed the White House holiday decorations in a video Monday showing her strolling the East Wing, which is bordered by the crimson, berry-laden trees.

Added @plucas1000: "This is the white house christmas decorations of 2018, and those blood-red trees look literally like out of a horror movie".

At the panel event, Mrs Trump also spoke about her son Barron, saying the 12-year-old is "all into sports" so did not spend time on social media.

But the first lady invited all the haters to come check out the decorations in person. "I am here to shine the light and to talk about it, and I hope we could end this awful epidemic that is going on in the United States", she said.

This year the theme is America's Treasures, with red, white and blue evident throughout the White House.

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"What has struck me with each visit is how this epidemic has touched so many people - whether it is because of personal use, or that of family members, friends, coworkers or neighbors - opioid addiction is an illness that has truly taken hold of our country", she said.

The First Lady herself shrugged off the jokes yesterday, saying that tastes differ. "I think they look fantastic", Ms Trump said. "You're all very welcome to visit the White House".

President Donald Trump has called it a "national health emergency" and she says his administration is committed to fighting the opioid epidemic.

Be Best is an initiative created by Mrs Trump that is meant to try to prevent opioid addition and cyberbullying.

Her words were greeted with laughter, cheers and applause from the audience.

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