- The White House on Monday showed off how first lady Melania Trump decorated the White House for her final Christmas in the White House.
- Earlier this year, Trump was overheard in leaked audio complaining about having to decorate the White House for the holiday season in 2018.
- “I’m working my a– off with the Christmas stuff that, you know, who gives a f— about Christmas stuff and decorations but I need to do it, right?” the first lady told a former advisor in a conversation that was secretly recorded.
- This year’s theme, “America the Beautiful,” honors the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, wildlife in the US, and American innovation in transportation.
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First lady Melania Trump has decorated the White House, marking the final time the Trumps will celebrate Christmas in the Executive Mansion.
The White House on Monday unveiled this year’s Christmas decorations in a series of photos less than a month after President Donald Trump’s loss to President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
“I am excited to announce this year’s White House holiday theme, ‘America the Beautiful,'” the first lady said in a statement. “Over the past four years I have had the honor to travel to some of our nation’s most beautiful landmarks and meet some of the most compassionate and patriotic American citizens.”
This year’s decorations also come months after audio was published by CNN in October of the first lady complaining to a former advisor in 2018 about having to decorate the White House for the holiday season amid criticism she hadn’t taken on more meaningful work as the first lady.
“I’m working my a– off with the Christmas stuff that, you know, who gives a f— about Christmas stuff and decorations, but I need to do it, right?” Trump was heard saying in the audio.
Her comments on the holiday were particularly at odds with that of her husband and other prominent Republicans, who often allege a fictitious “war on Christmas,” as phrases like “Happy Holidays” have become mainstream in the US to respect and include various religious beliefs.
The White House also released a video tour of the 2020 decorations, as it has in previous years.
See the 2020 Christmas decorations in the photos below.
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