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Trump's Easter Egg Roll Full Of White Kids (Photo)

| by Lauren Briggs

The White House hosted its annual Easter Egg Roll on April 16, although there was something noticeably different about the festivities this year: Most of the children present were white.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump reportedly decided not to invite the children from local schools in Washington, D.C. who traditionally attend the event, notes the New York Daily News.

"I haven't heard of anybody going this year, we certainly haven't gotten an invitation at this school," Washington Union Charter School Principal Maquita Alexander told the New York Daily News.

Alexander said her school receives a few tickets sometimes, but not every year.

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on April 11 that "tickets have been sent out to all the schools in the area" and that the White House had "done extensive community outreach." Many local administrators have stated that this was not the case.

"We never received any information for an invitation or anything this year, which we had in previous years," said Linda Erdos, the assistant superintendent for the suburban D.C. Arlington Public School District. "We realized about a week ago that nothing had come through this year, and we just assumed that it was a different administration doing things differently this year."

Erdos said her district usually receives between 300 and 400 tickets.

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The majority of public school students in Washington, D.C., are black -- making up around 64 percent of students. Whites are the minority in the school district, accounting for around 13 percent of the student body, according to District of Columbia Public Schools.

The event itself went smoothly and as planned, notes The Washington Post. The first lady, who oversaw the event planning, reportedly focused on low-key, traditional activities for the affair, including a beanbag toss, soccer and drawing pictures for U.S. troops.

The White House reportedly sent out tickets in March -- some through an online lottery system and others to children's hospitals, military and law enforcement families and schools, said Spicer.

"We've always wanted to go because we have such pride in our country," said Texas mom Laura Trevino, whose family has entered into the drawing for tickets to the event for the last six years and finally received them for the Easter 2017 festivities.

Trevino, who voted for Trump and finds him to be supportive of military families, said she cried tears of joy when her husband, an Air Force recruiter, told her the couple and their two children had received tickets.

Sources: New York Daily News, District of Columbia Public Schools, The Washington Post / Photo credit: The White House/Wikimedia Commons, FLOTUS/Twitter

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