First Lady Melania Trump Monday took delivery of the White House Christmas tree. The tree, an 18 and 1/2 foot tall Fraser fir, is from Dan and Bryan Trees in West Virginia and is destined for the White House’s Blue Room. (Nov. 23)

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Weeks after controversy ensued over a recording of Melania Trump making negative remarks about decorating for Christmas, the first lady is unveiling this year’s White House decorations.

In a post shared to her Twitter account Monday, Trump gave a virtual tour of the traditional decorations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“During this special time of the year, I am delighted to share ‘America the Beautiful’ and pay tribute to the majesty of our great Nation. Together, we celebrate this land we are all proud to call home,” she captioned the video with the hashtag #WHChristmas.

In the video, viewers can see a traditional-style of decor, with plenty of green Christmas trees with white lights and red ornaments.

Close-up shots in the video also revealed smaller details of the decor, including a “White House Express” train, a “Be Best” ornament and a Christmas village hospital figurine, perhaps a nod to healthcare workers amid the pandemic. 

Trump stirred controversy in October over comments she made about Christmas during a secretly recorded conversation by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who wrote the book “Melania and Me.”

The recordings included Trump expressing dismay at her role in decorating the White House during Christmas time, while she was being criticized for not doing more meaningful work.

“I’m working my (expletive) off with the Christmas stuff that, you know, who gives a (expletive) about Christmas stuff and decorations but I need to do it, right?” Trump is heard saying.

“And then I do it, and I say I’m working on Christmas and planning for Christmas,” Trump continued. “And they say, ‘What about the children that are separated?’ Give me a (expletive) break.”

In 2019, Trump also opted for a traditional decor style for the holidays. Last year’s layout included included green Christmas trees, complete with red ornaments and blue bows for a patriotic flair, floral arrangements, a nativity scene and a gingerbread White House. 

The year prior, Trump was criticized for using red Christmas trees in the East Colonnade, with some critics saying it looked like they belonged in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff

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