The First Lady was assisting with the forces annual children’s toy drive when she warned of a harder holiday for many Americans. Mrs Trump’s comments come as coronavirus cases and deaths in the US continue to surge. President Donald Trump has pushed for the US to “get back to normal” in recent weeks despite the rise in cases.
In the Toys for Tots drive at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Mrs Trump pushed for extra kindness ahead of a bleak holiday season.
The First Lady said: “Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, many Americans are spending the holidays separated from their loved ones and have to change routines they’ve had for many years.
“Remember that small acts of kindness such as calling your friends and neighbours or making holiday cards for a nearby nursing home can go a long way in spreading cheer and helping those struggling with change.
“Let’s all do a part to be best during these difficult times.”
Mrs Trump also hailed the US Marines for their efforts in the toy drive, as she marked her fourth appearance at the annual charity event.
She said: “It’s fantastic that you brought your children here today, teaching them that the holiday season is not just about receiving presents — it’s about kindness and giving back to your community and to the less fortunate.”
The First Lady is thought to have donated books and footballs to this year’s drive, and also drew attention to the White House’s holiday decorations themed on “America the Beautiful”.
Mrs Trump added: “It was my goal that this year’s decorations honoured and paid tribute to the people and places that have shaped this place we proudly call home.”
Toys for Tots has been running since 1947, with former First Lady Michelle Obama throwing her support behind the organisation in 2009 and 2011.
But Mrs Trump’s support for the organisation followed the President’s refusal to give guidelines to American’s for how to protect themselves from coronavirus over Christmas.
Speaking on Tuesday at a briefing on Operation Warp Speed, Mr Trump said: “Yeah, well, CDC puts out their guidelines, and they’re very important guidelines, but I think this: I think that the vaccine was our goal.”
He also said when asked about why he has held Christmas party rallies: “Well, they’re Christmas parties, and frankly, we’ve reduced the number very substantially, as you know. And I see a lot of people at the parties wearing masks.
“I mean, I would say that I look out at the audience at those parties, and we have a lot of people wearing masks, and I think that’s a good thing.”
The US has seen a massive rise in coronavirus cases leading up to Christmas, with yesterday seeing a further 202,424 cases and 1,533 deaths.
America also remains the worst effected country from the virus in the world, with a total of 15,159,237 cases and 286,189 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University.
Mr Trump also said in his briefing a vaccine against the virus should be ready for use soon, adding: “We’re — we’re very hopeful that the FDA will authorise the Pfizer vaccine within days. We got to get it moving. And Moderna vaccine almost immediately thereafter. (…)
“If authorised, tens of millions of vaccine doses will be available this month. And we’ll get it distributed very quickly. We have that all set. And hundreds of millions more will quickly follow.”
Mrs Trump previously courted controversy after leaked voice memos appeared to show the First Lady conducting a foul-mouthed rant against Christmas.
Former advisor Stephanie Winston Wolkoff leaked recording earlier this year, where Mrs Trump appeared to complain about criticism that she does not challenge Mr Trump on his policies.
She said in the recording: “They say I’m complicit. I’m the same like him, I support him. I don’t say enough, I don’t do enough where I am.
“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?”
Published at Wed, 09 Dec 2020 03:24:36 +0000