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Mrs. Trump visits children's hospital, a holiday tradition

Melania Trump
Posted at 5:15 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 17:18:30-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump isn't letting the coronavirus pandemic halt a decadeslong tradition of first ladies visiting a Washington, D.C., children's hospital at the holidays.

Every first lady since Bess Truman has visited Children's National at Christmastime, and Mrs. Trump made her fourth and final visit to the hospital on Tuesday.

The hospital tweaked its holiday program to safely accommodate the visit.

The first lady read to a small, socially distanced group of children rather than a big crowd of patients, hospital staffers and performers.

Her reading of the children’s Christmas story “Oliver the Ornament Meets Marley & Joan and Abbey” was broadcast over the hospital’s closed-circuit television system so patients could tune in from their rooms.