1. Wide of President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump with Easter bunny ++MUTE++
2. SOUNDBITE (English) President Donald Trump:
"We are going to do cards for soldiers in a little bit, Melania, Barron and myself are going downstairs, we're going to sign some cards for our great troops, the cards for troops and we look forward to that, and then we're going to come out and join you and enjoy your company for a roll, a great Easter Egg Roll and I don't know if we're going to be successful but I know a lot people out there are going to be successful, I've seen those kids and they're highly competitive, that I can tell you. I just want to thank First Lady Melania Trump, she's really worked hard on this. She has been working on this for a long time to make it perfect and we wanted to keep it just right."
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) First Lady Melania Trump:
"This is the first time that my husband and I hosting this wonderful tradition and it's great that you are all with us today I hope you have a great time with many activities. I want to thank military band, all the staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure that you have memorable experience. I want to thank all the military with us today and all the military in this great nation and service men and service women all around the world who are keeping us safe. As we renew this tradition, thank you for joining us, on behalf of the president and Barron, we wish you great fun and beautiful days coming ahead of us and happy Easter."
Thousands of children are heading to the White House for its biggest social event of the year: the annual Easter Egg Roll.
There had been some hand-wringing over whether President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, would be able to pull off a successful "Egg-Stravaganza." Both the president and first lady have been slow to fill White House staff jobs.
But a downsized version of the 139-year-old event is kicking off early Monday on the South Lawn.
The White House is expecting more than 21,000 children and adults to attend the festivities. That's down from the 35,000 people who attended last year.
The first lady tweeted over the weekend that she's looking forward to hosting the Easter Egg Roll. The event was first held in 1878.