President Trump, First Lady Melania Participate in National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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As the First Lady spoke to CRTV host Eric Bolling at Liberty University's town hall on opioids, she acknowledged that her #BeBest campaign is beset by critics on a regular basis - though she did not explicitly mention the president.

Trump also said, "Americans have known Christmas as a time for prayer and worship, for gratitude and goodwill, for peace and renewal".

"We are in 21st century and everybody has a different taste", Melania said during a Liberty University panel. "I will always tell him that drugs - they could be very unsafe and they could mess up your mind and body, and to love yourself more than you love drugs".

"In the evenings, we try to get together, have dinner", she said, adding, "When you're first lady, you have no free time".

"I knew when I started the initiative that I will be criticized, but I will do what is right for the next generation", Mrs. Trump said. "I have visited several hospitals and facilities that are dedicated to helping all who have been affected by this disease - including people who are addicted, babies born addicted and families coping with addiction of a loved one", she said Wednesday.

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Christmas has arrived at the White House.

The White House itself has already been decorated for the Christmas holiday, with wreaths adorning the building's facade, ruby red trees, and more traditional trees on the inside. "In real life, they look even more attractive". Almost 48,000 people died previous year from overdoses involving opioids.

Melania Trump said Wednesday that she expected to face some backlash over her Be Best initiative, a wide-ranging campaign focused on promoting well-being, combatting opioid addiction and curbing cyberbullying. The members, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielson and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar II, will also share insight into the opioid crisis in America.

In the 96th straight year of the presidential tradition, Donald Trump and the first lady lit the national Christmas tree in the park behind the White House.

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