Trumps host 141st White House Easter Egg Roll
Updated April 22, 2019 at 2:07 PM
President Donald Trump, accompanied by the Easter Bunny, delivers remarks. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
Crowds wait for the start of the Egg Roll. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
Trump blows a whistle to start the Egg Roll. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
Donald and Melania Trump watch as a child participates in the Egg Roll. U.S. farmers donated about 74,000 eggs for the event. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
Trump talks to children as he colors with them. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
Trump shows off his artwork as he colors. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
A child high fives Trump. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
Trump reads a book to children. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
A child poses next to a mini podium. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
The White House is seen under a sign for the Easter Egg Roll. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
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The annual event is traditionally put together by the first lady. The president credited her for making it possible and thanked U.S. farmers, who donated about 74,000 eggs for the event.
“They brought thousands and thousands of eggs. I don’t know if you can use them all but I have a feeling with all these young ambitious children they’ll find a reason — they’ll all be gone,” Trump said.
The tradition started in the 1870s and was first held at the U.S. Capitol. The event was banned by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1876 after it ruined the grass on the Capitol grounds. Two years later, new President Rutherford B. Hayes moved it to the South Lawn of the White House and it’s remained there ever since. In fact, it’s usually the White House‘s largest event of the year.
Monday’s event featured music from the U.S. Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy bands.