A kid-favorite White House event--the annual Easter Egg Roll--may look a bit different this year.
That's because the Trump administration failed to organize a concerted effort to pull off the 138-year-old tradition, including ordering the coveted wooden eggs on time, the New York Times reported.
The company that manufactures and distributes the eggs for the event-- Wells Wood Turning -- sent an urgent message to First Lady Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, and the commander-in-chief himself.
The administration's silence on the event led the Maine-based company to wonder if their services would even be needed this year.
But, in March, the White House announced the roll was on, and soon followed up with a rush order for the eggs.
Though the White House Easter Egg Roll ranks behind national security issues in priority, the administration's lack of organization insinuates a larger problem, former officials who organized the event have said,
“It’s the single most high-profile event that takes place at the White House each year, and the White House and the first lady are judged on how well they put it on,” said Melinda Bates, who organized eight years of Easter Egg Rolls as director of the White House Visitors Office under President Bill Clinton. “I’m really concerned for the Trump people, because they have failed to fill some really vital posts, and this thing is all hands on deck.”
The show may still be on, but it certainly won't headline major artists like Ariana Grande and Idina Menzel as it did in the past. The White House declined to offer details on the event, including its entertainment.
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Stephanie Grisham, who started as Melania Trump's communications director on Monday, previously denied that the event would be scaled back from past years. But she did acknowledge that attendance would be "a bit less." She said, however, that it wasn't due to poor planning, but it was a decision based on feedback from former officials who had said: “the event had become so large that many children were not able to enjoy the planned activities.”
“Our team has been working very hard to make this year’s event a success,” she added. “I am confident that the success of this year’s Easter Egg Roll will speak for itself.”
Grisham also said that the event would draw nearly 20,000 spectators, smaller than 2016's event which drew 37,000. She said the event would be staffed with 500 volunteers--half the usual. And in terms of eggs, the White House ordered half of the roughly 85,000 ordered in 2016.
We may not be able to predict the turnout of the event, but you can guarantee we'll have our eyes glued on Sean Spicer, who, in the past, served as the Easter Bunny during a George Bush-era Egg Roll.
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