First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden picks up where she left off The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden navigates pressures from Dems Former first lady launches 'Office of Melania Trump' 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.