First lady Melania Trump gave former first lady Laura Bush a tour of the buzzed about White House Christmas decorations that sparked negative reactions on social media last week.
Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told USA TODAY the visit happened in private. No other details were provided.
President Donald Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday that Mrs. Bush, who is in Washington for the state funeral of her father-in-law, former President George H.W. Bush, would visit.
Melania first unveiled the White House Christmas decor last week, which includes a hall of crimson trees in the East Wing without any ornaments and a wreath made out of sharpened “Be Best” pencils, in honor of her anti-bullying campaign.
According to a press release from the first lady, this year’s Christmas theme is “American Treasures,” which has the White House shining “with the spirit of patriotism.”
However some saw the color choice differently, with many on social media noting the trees looked like the red outfits in dystopian series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Others thought the unadorned trees called to mind horror films like “The Shining.”
During a town hall discussion Wednesday, she defended her holiday furnishings.
“We are in (the) 21st Century and everybody has a different taste,” she said. “I think they look fantastic. I hope everybody will come over and visit it. In real life, they look even more beautiful.”
Melania also tweaked the traditional gingerbread White House by adding replicas of the Lincoln and Washington monuments, the Jefferson Memorial and the U.S. Capitol, where Bush is lying in state.
Contributing: Maria Puente and Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, and The Associated Press
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