PHOTOS: MELANIA STEALS THE SHOW! TRUMP AND FLOTUS HOST FRENCH PRES. MACRON FOR FIRST WHITE HOUSE STATE DINNER
- President Donald Trump and wife Melania welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron and wife Brigitte to the White House Tuesday night for their first state dinner
- The Trumps held hands on the steps of the White House before they each exchanged kisses with the Macrons
- Melania stole the show in a Chanel haute couture silver gown embroidered with crystals and sequins
- Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were among the first to arrive with the first daughter wearing a $12,000 pink Rodarte gown
- Other notable guests included Rupert Murdoch and wife Jerry Hall, as well as IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Apple CEO Tim Cook, DOD head James Mattis and Speaker Paul Ryan
Read more: Melania steals the show in glittering Chanel gown as she and Trump roll out the red carpet at the White House for French President and the first lady as they host their first ever state dinner
MELANIA TAKES CHARGE! FLOTUS DIDN’T HIRE EVENT PLANNER FOR FIRST WHITE HOUSE STATE DINNER IN HONOR OF FRENCH PRES. AND HIS WIFE ==== PHOTOS
Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, told CNN about Melania Trump’s approach when planning the event.
“A smaller, more elegant event allows a guest to have a more personal experience, and that is very important to Mrs. Trump,” Grisham said, adding that the dinner will take place in the State Dining Room, which has a maximum occupancy of 150.
“[The first lady] has a background in design, which played a major role in the décor throughout the State floor,” Grisham said. “She has been very focused on the experience of the guests, and wants to ensure they are able to truly enjoy and remember the occasion.”
“When you are invited to a dinner at the White House, it is very special to be able to sit in the State Dining Room,” Grisham said. “After all, this is the People’s house, which is rich with history and tradition.”
Virginia CBS affiliate WTVR reported:
So confident was Trump about her ability to handle something like a state dinner, with its myriad details, that the first lady would not hire an event planner to help, as previous first ladies have done in the past to manage the grandeur and spectacle.
For example, the final state dinner of the Obama administration, its 14th, was a tented affair for former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, held on the South Lawn of the White House for 400 guests. Michelle Obama wore a custom, chainmail Atelier Versace gown; Mario Batali cooked, and Gwen Stefani entertained.
For the Trump administration’s first state dinner, there will be none of that. There will also be none of the paparazzi element that has come with past state dinners.
Melania Trump and France’s first lady Brigitte Macron put on a stylish display at the White House on Monday evening before heading to a private dinner at Mount Vernon.
Melania, 47, gave a nod to some of the biggest designers from her guest’s home nation, wearing a $2,790 Givenchy tuxedo cape, Christian Louboutin heels, and a Christian Dior purse, which she paired with a Dolce & Gabbana dress.
Meanwhile Brigitte, 65, stuck with her favorite design house, donning a custom Louis Vuitton ensemble featuring a pale yellow coat worn over a matching dress. Like Melania, she also sported black patent leather stilettos.
Read more: A stylish stroll! Melania Trump puts on a chic show in a cool black cape while Brigitte Macron looks set for spring in yellow, as first ladies tour the White House grounds with their husbands
Love on the lawn! Trump praises First Lady Melania for organizing Easter Egg Roll and gives her a kiss for the cameras
- Melania Trump hosted her second White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday on the South Lawn of the White House
- This year the first lady introduced the game of lawn bowling for the first time, played with giant balls and pins
- Donald Trump Jr was an early guest at the Easter Egg Roll, and posted a photo of his daughter Chloe hiding from the human-sized Easter Bunny
- His soon-to-be ex wife Vanessa also attended, along with siblings Tiffany, Barron and Eric
- Dr. Ronny Jackson, who President Trump surprisingly tapped to run Veterans Affairs, attended the event with Energy Secretary Rick Perry
Donald Trump Jr (left), Vanessa Trump (center left) and Barron Trump (center right) watch as the president (far right) encourages children to start the egg rolling game
Donald Trump Jr revealed that his daughter Chloe was terrified of the human-sized Easter Bunny roaming the White House grounds Monday
In panic mode! The FBI sent 5 agents over to the White House this week to alter the House Intel FISA memo.
Fox News Lou Dobbs:
Lou Dobbs: Our chief correspondent at the White House, John Roberts, telling us that the new version of the memorandum has been altered in some ways by the White House review. Five professional members of the FBI were at the White House to meet with the Chief of Staff John Kelly to got through that.
This is Newsweek’s fake news headline:
Melania Trump Orders Removal of Near-200-Year-Old Tree From White House
WRONG! Melania Trump made the decision to have the historic 200-year-old Jackson magnolia tree – the oldest on the grounds – removed after tree specialists determined “the overall architecture and structure of the tree is greatly compromised,” , according to CNN.
Per Newsweek’s own reporting :
The tree was about to fall, and experts recommended its removal. Mrs. Trump, according to Grisham, has requested to preserve the wood from the tree.
The tree is expected to be removed later this week. White House groundskeepers were prepared for the tree’s demise, however, and offshoots of the original Jackson magnolia have been growing nearby. They are around 8 to 10 feet tall and will be planted in the original tree’s place, according to CNN.
President Trump and VP Mike Pence together with their families celebrate their first Hannukah in the White House led by Jewish Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.
realdonaldtrump Tonight, at the @WhiteHouse we gather to celebrate the story that is told in #Jewish homes across the country – and the #world. A story that began more than 2,000 #years ago, when a tyrant made practicing the Jewish faith punishable by death. He desecrated the Jewish #temple, including the Holy of Holies. But a small band of Jewish patriots rose up, defeated a mighty army, and soon reclaimed their freedom….
President Trump shares photos from the event:
CNN is taking a knee – will boycott White House Christmas Party. A ‘good news’ and ‘early Christmas’ present, says Sarah Sanders.
CNN said in a statement on the boycott:
“CNN will not be attending this year’s White House Christmas party. In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests. We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants