Melania Trump defends controversial White House holiday decorations

Melania Trump defends red Christmas trees image via Melania Trump  Twitter

She invited everyone to come to the White House over the Christmas season to see the decorations up close.

Trump's main focus with the opioid crisis is neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), where babies experience withdrawal from drugs they were exposed to in the womb - the first lady has gone to hospitals to visit mothers and children suffer from the opioid crisis.

Trump then joined conservative television personality Eric Bolling for a panel discussion and took a few questions from the audience.

"It's the 21st century, and everybody has different tastes", she said.

More than 40 red topiary trees line the East colonnade as part of the holiday decorations at the White House.

She added: "I hope everybody will come over and visit it". I think they look fantastic.

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.

As the crowd erupted in applause, Trump added: "In real life, they look even more attractive. I teach him to be responsible and treat people with respect and kindness, and that's very important for me".

The first lady chose red this year to represent "patriotism" and "the heart of America", according to a White House press release.

Be Best is an initiative created by Mrs Trump that is meant to try to prevent opioid addition and cyberbullying.

The First Lady herself shrugged off the jokes yesterday, saying that tastes differ.

During her speech, Mrs. Trump called the opioid epidemic the worst drug crisis in American history. "So next generation can be respectful and kind and also sometimes you need to fight back".

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