Politics

First Lady Melania Trump Reads Christmas Story to Hospitalized Children

WASHINGTON—Melania Trump is continuing the tradition of first ladies reading a story to children too sick to leave the hospital for the holidays.

The White House says the first lady toured a short-stay unit and a surgical unit at Childrens National hospital in Washington on Friday.

She also visited with patients in a playroom and helped make snowflakes with them.

Melania Trump holds hands with Declan McCahan
Melania Trump holds hands with Declan McCahan
First Lady Melania Trump holds hands with Declan McCahan as she arrives to read a Christmas book to children at Childrens National Hospital in Washington, on Dec. 6, 2019. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo)

Mrs. Trump came down to the atrium afterward and sat with two patients in front of a towering Christmas tree to read “Oliver the Ornament Meets Belle.”

The story is a sequel to the one she read at the hospital in 2018.

The tradition of a Christmastime visit with hospitalized children by a first lady dates back decades.