Trumps Light National Christmas Tree South of White House

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

First lady Melania Trump gave Fox News an exclusive inside look at the striking red-themed White House Christmas décor that she says represents the "bravery, heart, and patriotism" of the country.

In 2017, the Trumps' first Christmas in the White House, her spindly, white trees with lights casting spooky shadows were also the subject of "Shining" memes.

"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. She added that she tells him to "love yourself more than you love drugs".

"We are in 21st century, and everybody has different taste", she said.

The Liberty University audience applauded for the First Lady's comment before she proceeded by inviting everyone to the White House to see the decorations, which feature numerous Christmas trees including rows of trees in a deep red shade that many joked resembled blood.

Melania Trump fires back at critics of her nightmarish red Christmas trees: ‘I think they look fantastic’
Watch: First Lady in Virginia for opioid town hall discussion at Liberty University

According to the White House, the color red was a symbol of valor and bravery, matching the stripes found in the presidential seal. "I think they look fantastic", Ms Trump said.

Another subject was social media etiquette, a cornerstone of her "Be Best" campaign (along with opioid use and well-being), with Melania remarking that it's important to be "respectful and kind".

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 at a town hall Wednesday at Liberty University, the first lady made clear that all the negativity about the decorations - typically a political no-go zone - did not bother her.

Almost 48,000 people in the United States died as a result of overdoses involving opioids previous year.

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