Speaking to children and families from the balcony at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, President Donald Trump delivered a truly bizarre address, touting his own popularity with the nation’s egg producers and bragging about his handling of the economy at an event for people not yet old enough to recite the alphabet without assistance.
“This is 141 years that we’ve been doing this. I don’t remember the first one,” said Trump, who hadn’t yet been born in 1878.
With First Lady Melania Trump by his side, ramrod straight and expressionless, the president went on to thank the White House Historical Association and the Marine Corps Band, but had special praise for “a group of people that do a wonderful job.”
“I love them, I know they like me, too,” said the president ratcheting up the excitement. “It’s the egg farmers of this country, the egg farmers. And they brought thousands and thousands of eggs. I don’t know if you can use them all, but I have a feeling with these young, very ambitious children, they’re going to find a reason.”
“Maybe most importantly, I want to wish everybody a very happy Easter,” Trump said, celebrating one of the most holy days in the Christian religion -the resurrection of Jesus Christ- by touting his handling of the economy. “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.”
“And do we love our military? Our military’s building, is literally being completely rebuilt,” Trump continued, commemorating Easter with boasts about the nation’s ability to prosecute wars against its enemies. “All with great product, the best product in the world, and you know where it’s made? In the USA.”
“So, again, happy Easter,” the president said. “Enjoy yourselves, and I’m coming down right now to be with you.”
“Well, there you have it,” deadpanned MSNBC’s Craig Melvin as cameras cut back to the studio. “The whole scene actually a bit surreal.”
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Louisiana Democrat re-elected governor — despite Trump’s rallies for the Republican candidate
The Associated Press has called the Lousiana's governor's race for incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards.
Edwards triumphed over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who called to concede.
The outcome is another major political loss for President Donald Trump, who had held multiple campaign rallies for Rispone.
During his most recent rally, Trump begged the crowd to give him a "big win" in the election.
Eddie Rispone has conceded the #lagov race to Gov. John Bel Edwards, giving the Democrat four more years in ruby red Louisiana despite Trump’s best efforts to flip the seat. Edwards camp says Rispone called minutes ago to concede. #lagov #lalege
Press secretary says it is ‘dangerous for the country’ to question whether she is putting out honest info
Press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Saturday argued it was "dangerous for the country" for anyone to challenge the veracity of her claims.
Grisham made her argument after President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed Hospital for an unannounced doctor's visit, resulting in a great deal of speculation.
Following the visit, Grisham claimed Trump was "healthy" and "without complaints" -- a claim many found unlikely as the president has spent a good deal of time as president airing his many grievances.
Sondland used WhatsApp to communicate with Ukraine — and won’t turn over the messages: report
Ambassador Gordon Sondland used WhatsApp to send encrypted messages to a top Ukranian official, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
The communication occurred with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to President Volodymr Zelensky, when Sondland was in Kyiv, the newspaper reported.
"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions," The Post reported.