After just one month of controversy, political hostilities were suspended as Donald and Melania Trump welcomed 46 state governors to the White House for a black tie gala. The dinner was being held as some of Donald Trump’s fiercest critics gathered in Hollywood for the 89th Academy Awards. President Trump hailed his first month in office as he welcomed his guests. The exclusive event also represented Slovenian-born Melania Trump’s debut as a White House hostess.
Mrs. Trump is only the second First Lady to come from outside the United States. The last was Louisa Adams, the London-born wife of John Quincy Adams, who served as president between 1825 and 1829.
“I can say that after four weeks – it’s been a lot of fun – but we’ve accomplished almost everything we’ve started out to accomplish. The borders are stricter, tighter,” Trump said.
“We’re very happy with the way things are working but, again, we’ve made a lot of promises over the last two years and many of those promises already are kept so we’re very honored by that.”
Mrs Trump wore a black sleeveless dress for the occasion. Ivanka, wore a black polka-dot strapless gown.
The theme of the dinner was “Spring’s Renewal”, with the White House proclaiming that the executive mansion would “come to life, gleaming with the dazzling, senorial experience of eternal spring”.
Explaining the theme, Mrs Trump said: “The scents of jasmine and roses fill the air as we give thanks for this great nation and the glory of renewal.” “Tonight, we come together as one Nation, leaving political labels and partisan interests behind,” she added.
Even though the tone was friendly, politics was never too far from the surface as President Trump toasted his guests – albeit with a glass of water.
“It’s such an easy job you have,” he said as he gently mocked his guests.
Looking forward to his meetings with governors on Monday he added “perhaps health care will come up”.
But back at the White House, the atmosphere was jovial and light-hearted with Virginia’s Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat and the chairman of the National Governors Association, getting into the spirit of the occasion.
Noting that Mr Trump had described him as a friend, Mr. McAuliffe suggested that the president had just destroyed his political career.
Recalling the controversy over the number of people at Trump’s inauguration last month, Mr. Mcauliffe noted that this was a record attendance for the governors’ ball.
“In the spirit of bipartisanship, sir, we will both take credit.”