President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania were in good spirits Monday night as they handed out candy to thousands of trick-or-treaters at the annual White House Halloween celebration.
It was the first time Trump was seen in public since Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted Trump’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort as part of his Russia probe.
Trump was reportedly “seething” over Manafort’s indictment earlier in the day, but he waved off reporters who attempted to grill him about the investigation and instead focused on the children, offering high-fives, handshakes, and posing for pictures.
Unsurprisingly, some of the costumes were politically inspired, including a skeleton wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap and a tombstone reading, “R.I.P. ‘The Swamp.’
While Trump and Melania didn’t dress up in costume for the occasion, several of the president’s Cabinet members did. White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway wore a black dress with a festive orange blazer, while Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin wore a headband that made it appear as if someone had stabbed a knife through his head.
But the best costume award definitely goes to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who dressed up as Miss Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus.”
The children who attended the four-hour event came from more than 20 Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., schools, along with kids from the Boy Scouts, the YMCA, and military families. The children of members of Trump’s administration were there as well, including Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s two daughters who were dressed as astronauts, and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s three children, who were dressed as Batman, Spider-Man, and a giraffe.
It’s good to see that Trump didn’t allow Mueller to get in the way of his Halloween spirit.
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