BREAKING: Melania Trump cancels annual White House Easter Egg Roll, calls it 'difficult' decision

Billie Rama
March 16, 2020 - 10:15 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The annual White House East Egg roll has been canceled over coronavirus concerns.

"Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with the National Emergency Declaration concerning the COVID-19, the Office of the First Lady is announcing that this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll has been canceled," First Lady Melania Trump's office said in a statement. "The health and safety of all Americans must be the first priority, especially right now,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “I deeply regret this cancellation, but we need to make difficult decisions in the short-term to ensure a healthy country for the long-term. During this time, I encourage everyone to listen to state and local officials, and follow CDC guidelines in order to help protect the health and well-being of everyone."

The White House Easter Egg Roll officially dates back to 1878 and the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes, but first-hand accounts suggest that informal festivities began with egg-rolling parties under President Abraham Lincoln, the WHite House posted online.