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

30 November 2018

"We are in the 21st century and everybody has a different taste", Trump said.

Her statement can be heard in a video obtained by Reuters and recorded during her appearance as part of her anti-opioid addiction and cyberbullying initiative Be Best initiative.

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

As first lady, one of Mrs Trump's jobs is to decorate the presidential homes for the holiday season, leading the annual team of White House staff and volunteers to prepare the "People's House" for Christmas. Last year's decorations were a homage to Jackie Kennedy's first Christmas on Pennsylvania Avenue, which took as its theme Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.

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"I hope that we can end this bad epidemic that's going on in the United States".

The decorations included more than 40 topiary trees - many of which were dyed bright red - 72 handmade paper ornaments and the official White House Christmas tree, an 18-foot fir wrapped in 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon.

"I think they look fantastic", Trump said.

But the first lady invited all the haters to come check out the decorations in person.

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At the panel event, Mrs Trump also spoke about her son Barron, saying the 12-year-old is "all into sports" so did not spend time on social media. "He doesn't have social media yet; he's not interested in it", Trump said.

The First Lady defended her choice of decor when speaking at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on Wednesday.

After listing the startling statistics on the reality of the epidemic, Trump struck a hopeful tone.

"While you may never personally become addicted, the chances of you knowing someone who struggles with it are very high", she said.

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She noted legislation that US President Donald Trump recently signed to help tackle the opioid crisis, the deadliest epidemic of overdoses in the country's history.

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