First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpScorned and mistreated, Melania Trump deserved much better from the media The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' K Street navigates virtual inauguration week MORE welcomed the White House Christmas tree Monday afternoon as the holiday season approaches. 

Trump came out of the White House for the delivery of a Christmas tree from Dan and Anne Taylor’s farm in West Virginia, the winner of the 2020 National Christmas Tree Association’s (NCTA) National Christmas tree contest. 

The first lady, wearing a black and white checked coat, did not answer a shouted question about how President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE is doing but said “Merry Christmas,” according to a reporter on the scene. She waved to cameras, inspected the tree, and posed for photos with it and the tree farm owners. 


Trump was outside for about three minutes while a brass section of the U.S. Marine Band played carols including “O Christmas Tree” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”

The tree chosen for the White House’s Blue Room is a 18 1/2-foot Fraser fir, picked out by White House superintendent of grounds Dale Haney.

The pandemic disrupted the typical annual plans for a White House Christmas tree selection event at the winning farm, which usually draws 100 or more people.

“This special tree has to fit exacting and particular specifications to go on display is such a historic room,” an NCTA press release said. “Mr. Haney’s viewing of the trees that day became the selection process.”

“We are honored to have the opportunity to represent the Christmas tree growers of America, by continuing the tradition of providing a tree to the White House Blue Room, which will be viewed by millions of people,” Dan Taylor said in the release. 

The tree delivery comes almost two months after CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” aired secret recordings of the first lady expressing frustration with her duties of decorating the White House for Christmas.


"I'm working ... my ass off on the Christmas stuff, that you know, who gives a f--- about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?" Trump said in the recordings, which were provided by her former friend and senior adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.

This year's Capitol Christmas tree, which came from Colorado, arrived in Washington on Friday.

—Updated at 4:15 p.m.