Trump Touts White House, Military at Annual Easter Egg Roll

Flanked by his wife and a large Easter bunny, President Trump touted the strength of the economy and military before overseeing the traditional rolling of hard-boiled eggs across the lawn

Trump Easter Egg Roll
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The White House opened its gates for its biggest social event of the year, the annual Easter Egg Roll. 

Welcoming his guests to the South Lawn, President Donald Trump called the White House "special" and noted it's kept in "tippy-top shape." Flanked by his wife, Melania, and a large Easter bunny, he also touted the strength of the economy and military before overseeing the traditional rolling of hard-boiled eggs across the lawn.

"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," Trump said.

He went on to cite an economy that he vowed to make "bigger and better and stronger" and $700 billion set to be injected into the military after Congress struck a budget deal.

Nearly 30,000 adults and children were expected to attend. That's larger than last year, Trump's first year in office, when the White House said it expected 21,000 attendees. 

The first lady announced last week that lawn bowling was being added to the roster of festivities. There's also a nook where Mrs. Trump and other officials were slated to take turns reading books and a station for kids to make greeting cards for U.S. troops. 

The White House Easter Egg Roll dates to 1878.

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