White House officials seem to be scrambling to put together the White House Easter Egg Roll, leaving some to wonder if first lady Melania Trump forgot about it all together.
The New York Times reports that Wells Wood Turning, the company that provides the commemorative wooden eggs for the event, had to personally reach out to the president, first lady and first daughter, as they had not heard any word about whether they should be manufacturing eggs for this year's event.
"FYI manufacturing deadlines for the Easter eggs are near," the company tweeted to the president on Feb. 20. "Please reach out!"
In early March, the White House confirmed that the Easter Egg Roll, an 138-year-old celebration that attracts almost 40,000 people, would still take place and placed a rush order for the commemorative eggs.
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"It’s the single most high-profile event that takes place at the White House each year, and the White House and the first lady are judged on how well they put it on," said Melinda Bates, who the Easter Egg Rolls under both of President Bill Clinton's terms in office. "I’m really concerned for the Trump people, because they have failed to fill some really vital posts, and this thing is all hands on deck."
Melania Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham says attendance at this year's event is expected to be half of what it was in the previous year. But, she still maintains the event will take place.
"Our team has been working very hard to make this year’s event a success," she said. "I am confident that the success of this year’s Easter Egg Roll will speak for itself."
The event was "quickly thrown-together," said The New York Times, saying it will be staffed by 500 volunteers, one-half the usual amount.
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Many in Washington, D.C., were questioning whether the event would even happen, as they had yet to receive tickets to the event as of April 11.
Usually, the White House will send up to 4,000 tickets to children who attend public schools in the area, as well as 3,000 tickets to several groups representing military families. Representatives from the school system and the military organizations say they have received no word from the White House.
The Palm Beach Daily News also reports that the president and first lady will be at their Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, for at least part of Easter weekend.
When asked on April 9 if he would be back to the resort anytime soon, the president responded "Yes. I’ll be here for Easter."
The reporter responded that Easter was the following week, a fact that seemed to catch Donald Trump off guard.
"Is Easter next week?" he asked. "Well then, I guess I’ll be back next week."