In a scene straight out of a sitcom, President Trump held the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday and opened the event by bragging about the financial state of the country to a gathering of children who were eager to get into some Easter-themed fun.
Speaking to the children and families on the South Lawn of the White House, Trump boasted about the efforts of the first lady and the White House Historical Association — before touting his own accomplishments.
Trump told the children, “Our country is doing fantastically well, probably the best its ever done economically. We’re setting records on stock markets, we’re setting records with jobs and unemployment numbers are the lowest they’ve ever been.”
He added, “Regulations, low taxes, our country has never done better and do we love our military.”
And contributing to the absurdity of the situation, a befuddled Easter Bunny stood just over Trump’s shoulder. In fairness, the White House has been using this same costume for a few years, and the festive rabbit always appears to look confused.
In the era of Trump, it’s hard to really gauge what a typical Easter Egg Roll looks like. During Obama’s final hosting of the event, the transcript shows that Michelle spoke for a few minutes and talked about the history of the event and how they were happy to open the White House to visitors. There was certainly no talk of stocks.
During the event itself, Trump took the opportunity to tell a youngster that the wall is “being built now.”
This isn’t the first time that Trump has made some head-scratching remarks in front of children. Speaking to the Boy Scouts, he talked about going to a New York cocktail party and thanked them for voting for him. Then there was the Christmas phone call when he asked a child if they believed in Santa before saying, “It’s marginal, right?”
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