First Lady in Virginia for opioid town hall discussion at Liberty University

Floats and performers thrill the large crowd as they move down Dee street during the Southland Christmas Parade in Invercargill on Saturday

Melania Trump fires back at critics of her nightmarish red Christmas trees: ‘I think they look fantastic’

She did, however, attend, alongside the Donald, the White House Christmas Reception on Tuesday. This time, it's about her Christmas decorations.

This is usually uncontroversial, but when the video revealed a hallway lines with blood-red Christmas trees, it was red meat for the snarkers on social media, who went to town criticizing the First Lady's judgement, to the point where she felt compelled to defend herself.

This year the theme is America's Treasures, with red, white and blue evident throughout the White House. The excitement started on November...

Santa visits Invercargill with his reindeer during the Southland Christmas Parade
John Hawkins Santa visits Invercargill with his reindeer during the Southland Christmas Parade

As the crowd erupted in applause, Trump added: "In real life, they look even more handsome".

She added that, for all the importance of civil behaviour: "Sometimes you need to fight back, I'm sorry".

Another tree that catches Trump's eyes is red-themed and features glass soccer balls and skateboards, ornaments displaying the first lady's anti-cyberbullying campaign slogan, "Be Best", and for some reason, a wreath made of sharpened "Be Best" pencils.

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But if Trump thought this year's decorations would escape ridicule, she's wrong. I think they look fantastic (applause).

Some asked if they symbolised the robes worn by women in dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale and others said they represented President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with former communist state Russian Federation.

Bolling asked how the first lady would like to see the media change in their coverage of her "Be Best" initiative - responding, Trump said she would like the media to focus more on what she's doing in trying to spread awareness. She stressed the importance of getting rid of the stigma associated with opioid or other substance addiction.

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Mrs. Trump is speaking Wednesday about the crisis at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. "About a pound of fentanyl can cause 150,000 deaths".

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