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Posted: December 07, 2017

Melania Trump, Karen Pence stop at Whataburger, treat press to french fries

VIDEO: First Lady Reveals White House Holiday Decor

By Eric Webb, Austin American-Statesman


First lady Melania Trump, along with second lady Karen Pence, traveled to Texas on Wednesday to visit with first responders and check on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. And if there’s anything politicians (or in this case, politicians’ spouses) love to do when they’re on a visit, it’s make a stop at a purveyor of local cuisine. Trump and Pence flew through Corpus Christi, which means Whataburger.

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According to social media reports (including tweets from reporters along for the trip, as well as a White House official), the first and second lady stopped by the venerable Texas burger chain and walked out with at least some of those famous fries. The rest of their order is unknown (so far), but the tweets about the pit stop are quite a journey.

Reporters in the press pool said the first and second lady treated them to fries.

Officials in Texas approved. The orange and the white, as ever, proved to be a unifying force.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Trump and Pence stopped at the Whataburger at 602 Padre Island Drive. 


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First lady Melania Trump got lunch at Whataburger, just like you

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First lady Melania Trump got lunch at Whataburger, just like you

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2017, file photo, first lady Melania Trump listens as President Donald Trump speaks during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

First lady Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations

First lady Melania Trump unveiled the White House Christmas decorations in a new video released on Monday. It marks the first holiday season the Trumps will celebrate as the first family.

The video, posted to the first lady’s Facebook page, shows Trump surveying the White House’s glittering decorations, writing Christmas cards, talking with the pastry chefs about holiday cookies and the gingerbread house, and even trying her hand at making a Christmas bow.

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The Grand Hall and Cross Foyer are decorated in “The Nutcracker Suite” theme, with the trees featuring crystal ornaments to match.

The East Colonnade leading to the East Garden Room is decorated with towering white branches.

The Blue Room Christmas tree, which is the official indoor White House Christmas tree, is covered in white lights, blue and gold ornaments, pine cones, and yards of blue velvet ribbon.

The decorations are all part of this year’s theme, “Time-Honored Traditions,” which celebrates 200 years of holidays at the White House.

Related: Photos: Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations

“Like many families across the country, holiday traditions are very important to us,” Trump said in a statement to CNN. “I hope when visiting the People’s House this year, visitors will get a sense of being home for the holidays.”

During Michelle Obama’s first holiday season in the White House, she had her trees decorated with “recycled” decorations. The Obama administration sent out over 800 ornaments left over by previous administrations to 60 local community groups and asked the groups to decorate them to reflect their local community. The Obamas’ theme during that season was “Reflect Rejoice Renew.”

  Photos: Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations

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