Trump hosts annual White House Egg Roll with record 74,000 eggs

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhat the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel Anti-US trade war song going viral in China MORE greeted children and their families as he hosted the 141st annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday.

The event was a record-setter, with farmers across the country donating 74,000 eggs to this year's festivities, according to the American Egg Board.

Trump praised the egg farmers, calling them "a group of people that do a wonderful job."

"I love them, I know they like me too,” Trump said.


“And they brought thousands and thousands of eggs," he continued. "I don’t know if we can use them all.”

The event attracted thousands of children and their parents to the White House grounds. Organizers said beforehand that they expected 30,000 to join.

Trump opened the event from the Truman Balcony, where he was joined by first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpPrince Charles to meet with Trump during UK state visit: report Alec Baldwin leads Trump Oval Office sing-along on 'Saturday Night Live' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump: GOP has `clear contrast' with Dems on immigration MORE and the Easter Bunny. In his remarks, he also touted his administration's record.

“We’re setting records on stock markets, we’re setting records with jobs, and unemployment numbers are the lowest they’ve ever been,” Trump said.

“The country is doing fantastically well, probably the best it’s ever done economically,” he continued, before focusing on the day's celebration.

The president thanked the first lady for her work organizing the event, saying that “without her it would not be like it is. It’s as beautiful as I’ve ever seen it.”

And Trump praised the White House Historical Association for their incredible job “keeping the White House a special place.” He called the building “the most special place, there can’t be anything like it.”

Following his remarks, the president and first lady came down from the balcony to join the festivities on the South Lawn of the White House. The two blew whistles to start the egg races as the Easter Bunny mingled with children and parents.

The first lady introduced two new events to the celebration this year, musical eggs and the “Be Best Hopscotch,” a reference her anti-cyberbullying campaign.

Trump later approached the crowd, taking time to pose for pictures with the families. The president and first lady also joined children at one of the activity tables, helping them make cards for military service members and color them with crayons. At the table, Trump autographed the arm of one child.

Also at the event were White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayDem criticizes newest calendars for Trump Interior chief as 'fake' Bush economics director says psychiatrists labeled Trump 'total narcissist' Hatch Act complaints jumped nearly 30 percent Trump's first year in office: report MORE and press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersLive coverage: House panel moves forward with Barr contempt vote Mueller's facts vs Trump's spin Trump says he was called 'the greatest hostage negotiator this country has ever had' MORE Sanders. The two joined the first lady at the Reading Nook, where they read to children.