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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist 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 TrumpCruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book Designer defends Melania Trump statue: 'People may laugh but the context still resonates' Melania Trump heading to West Virginia to discuss opioid epidemic 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 ConwayKellyanne Conway says she meant 'no disrespect' with question about reporter's ethnicity Kellyanne Conway asks reporter 'what's your ethnicity' while defending Trump's 'go back' comments about minority lawmakers Conway: Progressive congresswomen represent 'dark underbelly in this country' MORE and press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersBiden pledges return to daily press briefings as president Sarah Sanders: I will walk out of the White House 'with my head held high' Trump directs Pentagon to develop policy allowing service academy athletes to go pro right away MORE Sanders. The two joined the first lady at the Reading Nook, where they read to children.