Inside tour: First lady decorates White House for Christmas


American Urban Radio Networks correspondent and CNN contributor April Ryan won't be at the White House Christmas party this year.

First lady Melania Trump watches as ballerinas perform a piece from The Nutcracker among the 2017 holiday decorations in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. "WhiteHouse is ready to celebrate!"

Ryan, who also said she thought the White House had "disdain" for her, often presses Sanders during briefings and caught public attention when the president appeared to suggest that she had close ties to the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

"Don't worry @AprilDRyan because I'm nice I'll bake one for you next week", she wrote, adding a wink and the hashtags #RealPie and #FakeNews.

Although not mentioned in its Tuesday announcement, CNN took particular issue with a Saturday tweet from Trump in which the president ripped the network and its global news branch for "represent [ing] our Nation to the WORLD very poorly".

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According to the White House Historical Association, "The White House at Christmas traditionally has been a magical place for children", and this year that tradition continued as the First Lady welcomed children of military service members to the White House to make Christmas wreaths.

Now President Trump has vowed to take on the so-called war on Christmas.

The Obamas on the other hand always sent out a Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings card. During the presidential campaign, he complained that saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" amounted to "chipping away at Christianity". A separate tree near the East Wing entrance is dedicated to families that lost loved ones in the military. "The outside world does not see the truth from them!"

More than 150 volunteers from 29 states spent 1,600 hours over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend getting the White House ready for the holidays. Parties and other events - sometimes two a day - will continue for the next several weeks. Earlier this month, Sanders said she was "starting to regret" calling on Ryan when she brought up the president's tweets from that morning.

The decor includes 71 wreaths, 53 Christmas trees, more than 18,000 lights, more than 12,000 ornaments, more than 3,100 yards (about 2,800 metres) of ribbon and more than 1,000 feet (300 metres) of garland, the White House said. The tree was then adorned with seals of every U.S. state and territory.

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