First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump breaks ground on new White House tennis pavilion Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Buttigieg unveils aggressive plan to lower drug prices | Supreme Court abortion case poses major test for Trump picks | Trump takes heat from right over vaping crackdown Kroger to stop sales of e-cigarettes at stores MORE on Wednesday defended this year's White House Christmas decorations, including a hallway filled with dramatic red trees, which have drawn criticism and mockery online.

"We are in 21st century and everybody has a different taste," Trump said when the issue arose during a panel at Liberty University. "I think they look fantastic."

"I hope everybody will come over and visit it. In real life, they look even more beautiful.”


The forest of 40 red topiary trees in the East Colonnade had been roundly criticized since they were unveiled Monday along with the rest of the White House's Christmas decorations.

Trump said in a statement at the time that this year's holiday theme of "American Treasures" "honors the heart and spirit of the American people."

Others disagreed, likening the color of the trees to blood.

One Twitter user photo shopped an image of the trees to resemble handmaids from "The Handmaids Tale," a symbol that has become an emblem of resistance on the left. 

The first lady's 2017 Christmas decorations also raised a few eyebrows with their use of stark white.