- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

First lady Melania Trump responded to criticism Wednesday of the red Christmas trees she chose for the White House this year.

“I think they look fantastic,” the first lady told Eric Bolling at an event for opioid awareness at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The red Christmas trees Mrs. Trump revealed as part of this holiday season’s White House decorations have sparked comparisons to blood, death and dresses worn by sex slaves depicted in the dystopian TV drama “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The first lady told Mr. Bolling that critics are welcome to their opinion.

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

“I think they look fantastic,” she added. “I hope everybody will come over and visit it. In real life, they look even more beautiful and you are all very welcome to visit the White House, the People’s House.”

The White House’s Christmas theme this year is “America’s Heritage,” with 29 traditional green trees and 14,000 red ornaments decorating the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall.

“The choice of red is an extension of the pales, or stripes, found in the presidential seal designed by our Founding Fathers,” the White House said in a press release Monday. “It’s a symbol of valor and bravery.”

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