First Lady Melania Trump joined her husband President Trump Wednesday to honor the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, by planting a maple tree at the White House South Lawn.
For the occasion, Melania chose an ensemble that was in theme for Earth Day, wearing an olive green trench coat from British designer Victoria Beckham. The single-breasted cotton-blend canvas trench coat details a twist from a classic utility trench from the former Spice Girls designer. It features a high stand collar, buffalo horn button chest flap, a self tie thick belt at the waist line and a large slip pockets. It last retailed for $678, but unfortunately it is sold out
She paired the Victoria Beckham coat with a pair of black and white snakeskin embossed Manolo Blahnik pumps. It retailed for $608, but sadly these bad boys are also sold out.
Since both Melania’s trench coat and pumps are sold out, below is a roundup of alternatives that one can emulate the First Lady’s look without breaking the bank.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a day that provides an “opportunity for all Americans to come together to celebrate the majestic natural beauty of our Nation and the world,” according to a readout from the presidential message of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. “On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we pay tribute to our Nation’s long history of environmental stewardship and conservation, and we reaffirm our commitment to protecting our natural treasures for the benefit and enjoyment of all Americans.”
“Today, Melania and I join the American people in celebrating the abundant blessings and resources that have been bestowed on the United States. We pledge to continue doing our part to ensure that Americans are able to enjoy the natural splendor of our beautiful Nation now and for generations to come,” the readout reads.
During the ceremony, the president gave brief remarks before Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence joined the Trumps in the tree planting. President Trump announced that National Parks will begin reopening, but didn’t say exactly which date this would occur.
“We’re starting to open our country again,” Trump announced. “Thanks to our significant progress against the invisible enemy, I’m pleased to announced that in line with my administration’s guidelines for opening up America again, we will begin to reopen our National Parks and public lands for the American people to enjoy.”
After the remarks, the First and Second Lady joined their husband to plant the maple tree. It was seen that Karen wished Melania a Happy Birthday as the first lady 50th birthday is coming up this Sunday.
“Happy birthday by the way,” Karen said to Melania, as the second lady took her turn at moving dirt to plant the tree with her husband for a photo op.
“Thank you,” Melania responded.
Joining the Trumps and the Pence in the ceremony were House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
“We have plenty of dirt left,” Trump said, inviting guest at the ceremony to take part of planting the tree and toss a shovel full around the maple sapling.
This was Melania’s first public appearance since the coronavirus pandemic. The First Lady has been keeping active on social media, providing a steady stream of guidance from the CDC and other suggestions to avoid the spread of the virus. She also has shared resources from Scholastic for students to learn online, as well as posting video tips and thank you messages to “all the medical personnel and other frontline responders who are “fighting this invisible enemy” in the United States.
The First Lady kept one of her annual traditions alive during Easter Sunday by sharing a video of herself reading a classic children’s book, “The Little Rabbit” in honor of Easter. The White House canceled the annual 142nd annual Easter Egg Roll last month due to the coronavirus pandemic. She also donated the 25,000 commemorative wooden eggs – which would have gone to children at the Easter Egg Roll – to area children’s hospitals, federal agencies, aid groups and grocery store chains.
Melania has also spoken with seven foreign leaders’ partners to date since the coronavirus crisis has turned the world upside down, including recently, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fiancée, Carrie Symond, Spanish Queen Letizia, Akie Abe of Japan, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau of Canada, Brigitte Macron of France, Laura Mattarella of Italy and Elke Büdenbender of Germany.
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