Melania Trump brushes off Christmas decoration critics: 'I think they look fantastic'

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Almost 48,000 people died a year ago from overdoses involving opioids.

She also invited the crowd to come and view the trees for themselves.

"I know college is a time to wield your independence", Trump said.

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"Are we kidding? This is what they worry about when lives could be saved?" "And if you, or someone you know needs help, you need to be courageous enough to ask, or strong enough to stand with them as they fight through the disease".

"I believe in the power of all of you".

"So here you are talking about opioids ... and getting the message out". "He doesn't have social media yet; he's not interested in it", Trump said.

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Her statement can be heard in a video obtained by Reuters and recorded during her appearance as part of her anti-opioid addiction and cyberbullying initiative Be Best initiative.

Trump explained that there is an importance to educate the next generation on how risky the drugs can have a long-term effect in one's life. I hope everybody will come over and visit it.

Introduced by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke as "the man who brought Christmas back to America", Trump offered remarks on the birth of Jesus, honored first responders and members of the military, and reflected on those who have lost their lives or are rebuilding after wildfires, hurricanes, and other tragedies before the official lighting. "And I'm here to shine the light on important stuff".

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Trump said she wanted to educate the next generation on the dangers of drug use.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participated in the 96th National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse outside the White House on Wednesday, with the White House grounds fully decked out for the holidays. I think they look fantastic. "In real life, they look even more attractive, and you are all very welcome to visit the White House, the People's House".

The First Lady hasn't always been able to rise above the fray. "That can happen very quickly". She added that she tells him to "love yourself more than you love drugs".

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