Donald and Melania Trump showed off their official 2020 Christmas portrait in great style as they prepared to spend their final Christmas season as President and First Lady. They posed in matching tuxedos against a very festive backdrop of the grand staircase of the White House.
In the picture posted on 50-year-old Melania's official Twitter account on Friday afternoon, the couple poses side by side, happily beaming in front of the camera as they model their coordinating black and white looks.
"Merry Christmas from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump," read the tweet before revealing that the snapshot was taken on Dec. 10 by White House photographer Andrea Hanks.
Festive Tradition: Donald and Melania Trump shared their official 2020 Christmas portrait, which shows the couple posing in matching tuxedos on the grand White House stairs
Details: Melania, 50, posted the picture on her Twitter account, where she revealed the photo was taken on Dec. 10 by White House photographer Andrea Hanks
While 74-year-old Donald opted for a traditional variant of the tuxedo, his wife gave the style a very chic touch, wearing figure-hugging black pants with a silk stripe on the sides and pairing the look with a pair of classic black heels.
In her upper half, the First Lady put on a simple white shirt, buttoned at the top under a long black dinner jacket. Melania went all out with the glamor for the shoot; Her long brunette locks are swept up
During Trump's presidency, the couple chose different locations in the White House to serve as the backdrop for their official celebratory portrait. Earlier pictures show them in front of a corridor lined with Christmas trees and in front of a large double door Cross Hall.
Chic: Melania gives the classic tuxedo a chic touch and wears figure-hugging black trousers with a silk stripe on the sides
The couple didn't share an official portrait last year, but brought the tradition back for the last time before Donald's presidency ended in January.
And for their last Christmas snapshot, the couple chose the most festive setting yet and stood on a bright red carpet with the beautifully decorated stairs behind it. Fir garlands hang over their heads above the door in which they pose.
The picture was taken on the same day as the Congressional Christmas party, which took place as planned amid the pandemic, as well as several other official White House celebrations. It is likely that the outfits the couple is wearing in the picture are the ensembles they have chosen for the festive event.
President Trump has posed in the same classic tuxedo for all of the couple's Christmas portraits, while his wife has been more creative with her outfit choices.
In 2017, the First Lady donned an elegant black dress for her first Christmas portrait in the White House – a custom design from one of her favorite brands, Delpozo.
Then, in 2018, Melania went with a dazzling long sleeved white Celine dress that hung below her knees. She paired it with some silver pointy heels.
The couple's latest festive portrait was shared just over two weeks after Melania unveiled this year's White House Christmas decorations along with her chosen festive theme, America the Beautiful.
Melania shared a video on Nov. 30 of touring the White House after the decor was given a final makeover, and she revealed in a statement that the theme was meant to celebrate "the majesty of our great nation."
& # 39; During this special time of year, I am excited to share America the Beautiful and pay tribute to the majesty of our great nation. Together we celebrate this country that we are all proud to be at home in, ”wrote the mother of one child on Twitter.
This year, the White House decorations feature a space for frontline workers, ornaments from children across the country, and a stocking for Barron.
2017: Each year's Christmas portrait was taken at a different location in the White House. The couple chose Cross Hall for their first celebratory photo as President and First Lady
2018: Two years ago, Melania wore a dazzling white dress in the portrait, also shot in Cross Hall, but in a different area that better showcased the glittering trees that lined the room
Melania personally selected every detail of the White House's Christmas decorations, the east wing said.
Awards include recognitions of the pandemic that infected more than 17 million Americans and killed more than 311,000.
The Red Room is dedicated to first responders, frontline workers, and key personnel such as grocery store employees. The village scene on the mantelpiece includes a hospital and grocery store.
The library focuses on notable women throughout history with ornaments from famous American women such as artist Georgia O & # 39; Keefe. The decor includes yellow roses, which were the symbol of the suffragettes. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote.
The china room, which contains examples of the china settings of each administration, is decorated like a kitchen. On the fireplace are stockings for the President, First Lady, and Barron.
The White House's official Christmas tree – an 18-foot milled fir standing in the blue room – contains 160 ornaments from children from across the country who included an item from their home state as a contribution. The ornament also features their name, age, and their home state.
It's adorned with bright yellow bows to contrast the red bows of the trees that line the main hallway through the state rooms.
In the main hallway there are several dozen trees adorned with red ornaments with red and red plaid bows. Below the branches are gifts labeled "Faith", "Love", and "Peace" to remind you that gifts come in many forms, according to the East Wing.
Holiday tradition: The couple's 2020 Christmas portrait was released a little over two weeks after Melania revealed this year's White House decorations in a video posted on her Twitter account
Joy for the world! This year's decor theme is "America the beautiful", revealed Melania on Twitter
Special Details: The video shows the First Lady walking through the various rooms of the White House and looking over the impressive decor, including a small toy train going around a table
Message: While sharing the footage on Twitter, Melania stated that her theme was to "pay tribute to the majesty of our great nation."
The traditional gingerbread house – made up of 275 pounds of gingerbread – is shaped like the White House, which is the first time the east and west wings are on display. This includes Melania's newly designed rose garden with tiny flowers and noodle stems.
There are other traditional details like the White House crèche, now on display for its 53rd year, and the Christmas tree dedicated to the Gold Star families. This tree is wrapped in blue, the color of perseverance and righteousness, and the families who adorned it have put the name of their fallen family member on a ribbon that will adorn the tree.
The East Room is dedicated to transportation by trains, airplanes, and cars. This includes an ornament in the shape of Air Force One and a train labeled "White House Express" that travels on a table in the center of the room. The decor celebrates technological innovations from the first Transcontinental Railroad to the Apollo 11 moon landing, including the Space Force logo launched by President Trump.
The Green Room is dedicated to the wildlife and has a special pane of glass in each of the two windows – one with a deer and one with a duck – through which the light can shine. The panels consist of several layers of glass and give them a stained glass effect.
The State Dining Room State features trees with yellow and white rose petals – roses are the national flower – with custom-made golden eagle treetops.
The east colonnade that was where last year's infamous red trees stood is much tighter this year. Instead of trees, foliage from different states fill urns that line the sidewalk.
Celebration: The White House held several festivals this year despite the CDC recommending that gatherings be canceled as part of the pandemic
Party: The President's 39-year-old daughter Ivanka attended one such meeting with her husband Jared Kushner. The couple posed for a photo without a face mask
Together: Don Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, were also in attendance, posing alongside other guests – only one of whom was wearing a face covering
Romantic: The President's youngest daughter, Tiffany, was also a guest at the party and brought her boyfriend Michael Boulos to the festive event
Melania's festive decoration came two months after the release of a recording by her former friend and co-worker Stephanie Winston Wolkoff that featured the first lady Complain "who fucks Christmas things" as you discuss the traditional task of decorating the executive mansion for the holiday.
The tapes were released when Wolkoff appeared on CNN October 1 when she was featured for her memoir & # 39; Melania & Me & # 39; advertised that portray the first lady in an unflattering light.
Melania blew up the book as "idle gossip".
The recorded conversation appears to have taken place shortly after Melania's visit to an immigration prison in McAllen, Texas in June 2018.
She resented "give me a bloody break" while complaining about the criticism she had received for her husband's policy of dividing families who had illegally crossed the border while decorating the White House for Christmas . The east wing starts in June for the holiday season.
& # 39; They say I'm complicit. I'm just like [President Trump], I support him, I don't say enough. I'm not doing enough, ”says Melania.
& # 39; Where am I. I bet – I work like a – my a ** off – with Christmas things you know, who gives a shit about Christmas things and decorations? But i have to do it right
& # 39; Ok, and then I'll do it. And I say I'm working on the Christmas planning for Christmas. And they said, "Oh, what about the kids that they got separated?"
“Give me a bloody break. Where did you say something when Obama did that? & # 39; She said.