Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

The 16 Funniest Tweets About This Year's White House Easter Egg Roll

The 16 Funniest Tweets About This Year's White House Easter Egg Roll

Donald Trump was hosting his first Easter Egg Roll at the White House when he took to the balcony overlooking the mansion's lawns to hear a rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Welcoming families to the annual White House event, which was dampened by intermittent rain, Mr Trump said: "This is the 139th Easter Egg Roll".

Screen images of Trump tossing a hat at White House Easter egg roll, on Monday, April 17, 2017.

Apparently the crowd was smaller than in past years, but that was apparently largely due to the shortage of White House staff to host the event, positions the Trumps have yet to fill.

Melania and Barron, who traveled to Washington from NY - where they are living until the 10-year-old finishes the school year - appeared with Trump, accompanied by a human-sized white Easter rabbit, on the Truman Balcony to address the invited guests.

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The search for Easter eggs is one of the most emblematic traditions of the federal capital, established in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes.

Thousands of children are expected at the White House for its biggest social event of the year.

The tradition originated almost 150 years ago, when children would gather on Capitol Hill to roll eggs.

Melania tweeted Friday before the event.

Entertainment this year included military bands, as well as Martin Family Circus and boy band Bro4.

The Trumps and their son also joined children at a table to make cards to send to United States service members.

"As we renew this tradition, thank you for joining us", the first lady said.

Spicer, however, did take a moment to pose with his Easter Bunny successor and share the snap on Instagram.

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