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Easter Bunny pays surprise visit to White House briefing room

Easter Bunny pays surprise visit to White House briefing room
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A White House staffer dressed as the Easter Bunny paid a visit to the White House briefing room on Monday as press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Overnight Health Care: Johnson & Johnson delay prompts criticism of CDC panel | Pfizer CEO says third dose of COVID-19 vaccine 'likely' needed within one year | CDC finds less than 1 percent of fully vaccinated people got COVID-19 Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference MORE was concluding a regular afternoon briefing with reporters.

The life-size bunny, who wore a face mask to reflect the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, walked to the front of the briefing room and distributed 2021 Easter eggs and candy to reporters.

The Easter Bunny also made an appearance at an event earlier Monday afternoon during which President BidenJoe BidenBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Olympics, climate on the agenda for Biden meeting with Japanese PM Boehner on Afghanistan: 'It's time to pull out the troops' MORE delivered remarks marking the Easter holiday instead of the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll, which was canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“We have a special guest. I will say that we know that this is one of the events where people get to take their children, family members, friends to,” Psaki said as the Easter Bunny walked towards the podium at the end of the briefing. “It’s not quite the same. We’ll do a big one next year, but we still wanted to have a visitor and some special commemorative Easter eggs for all of you from the president and first lady.”

The White House eggs handed out to reporters were multicolored and decorated with a picture of a rabbit wearing a mask on the front and signatures of Biden and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenJill Biden to appear in 'Sesame Street' documentary Biden accompanies first lady to medical procedure The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause MORE on the back.

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Meghan Hays, White House director of message planning, later tweeted a photo of herself in the bunny costume with the head portion removed, revealing that she was playing the part of the Easter Bunny.

"Is this what they mean when they say ‘other duties as assigned’?!" Hays quipped.

Psaki was asked Monday whether the costume was the same as the one previously worn by former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE’s press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerOvernight Health Care: CDC director calls on Michigan to 'close things down' amid surge in cases | Regeneron says antibody therapy prevents COVID-19 infections The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Biden moves vaccine eligibility by almost two weeks Easter Bunny pays surprise visit to White House briefing room MORE during his time in the George W. Bush administration. Images of Spicer in the outfit resurfaced in 2017 and became part of "Saturday Night Live's" impression of the then-Trump staffer.

“It does not look similar but we’ll have to fact-check that for you,” Psaki answered. “Different eye lashes.” 

The White House later confirmed that the suit worn by Spicer was indeed different than the one that Hays wore on Monday. 

—Updated at 3:30 p.m.