The official Christmas portraits of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have been released.

The photo, taken by official Trump White House photographer Andrea Hanks, shows POTUS and FLOTUS smiling and holding hands while standing surrounded by green lit Christmas trees.

“Merry Christmas from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump,” the first lady wrote on Twitter as the caption accompanying the photograph. “@POTUS & @FLOTUS are seen Saturday, December 15, in their official 2018 Christmas portrait, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks).”

Trump then retweeted her post on his Twitter.

Karen Pence, who is the wife of vice president Mike Pence, also shared her official Christmas portraits over Twitter yesterday.

“We wish you a very Merry Christmas! The @VP and I took our official 2018 Christmas portrait on Saturday, December 8, at the Vice President’s Residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Myles Cullen),” she wrote as the caption.

A few weeks ago, Melania was mocked over Twitter and received backlash for her White House Christmas decorations for the second year in a row. 

In the East Colonnade, FLOTUS decorated the hallway with a line of bright red cone trees which she called the “forest” and “a symbol of valor and bravery.” But others say that it reminded them of costumes in The Handmaid’s Tale.

 

In defense to the criticism, while at an appearance at Liberty University last month Melania said, “It’s the 21st century and everybody has different tastes, I think they look fantastic.” Trump also defended her, saying that her decorations did look “fantastic.”

Last year, Melania went for an icy white Christmas theme, featuring Balsam fir trees with hanging icicles and trimmed glass ornaments. For the unveiling, the first lady appeared in a white dress in the hallway of the Grand Foyer surrounded by white pots of spray painted white branches. Many critics were quick to refer to her theme as “straight out of horror film.”

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