Inside tour: First lady decorates White House for Christmas

April Ryan

The first lady's theme is "Time-Honored Traditions", a nod to 200 years of holiday celebrations at the executive mansion.

Despite apologising for the comments in the run-up to the election a year ago, the President has told allies the voice was not actually his, according to The New York Times.

Now President Trump has weighed in. The first lady unveiled the decorations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Monday, while welcoming children of military families to the residence. As president, Trump repeated the promise yet again in October 2017 at the Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., proclaiming, "We're saying "Merry Christmas" again". It is one that you have heard me speak about many times before.

"You don't see "merry Christmas" anymore", Trump said during a speech in Missouri on Wednesday afternoon, in which he promoted the GOP's tax reform plan.

Among the Christmas standards is an 18-foot (about 5.5-meter) fir tree in its traditional spot in the Blue Room, decorated with ornaments bearing the seals of every state and USA territory. The White House said Mrs Trump chose every detail of the decor and did a final check late Sunday after returning from the family's Thanksgiving at their estate in Palm Beach, Florida. There is also a gingerbread house, candy, and arts and crafts for the more than 25,000 visitors expected to pass through during the holiday season.

The National Christmas Tree will be lit during a ceremony that starts at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, at the White House.

The "birther" conspiracy theory was first peddled during the 2008 presidential race and asserts Mr Obama was ineligible to be president because he was not born a citizen of the US. Fifty-six Lego gingerbread houses, one for each state and USA territory, were nestled in the branches of the trees that decorated the State Dining Room.

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