President Donald Trump surprised visitors to the White House on Tuesday during the building’s official reopening for public tours. The president and first lady Melania Trump made the announcement in a statement released earlier in the day.
According to a pool report, a group of nearly 100, made up mostly of fifth-grade students from Birmingham, Alabama, saw President Trump pop out from behind a partition in the White House’s East Wing. The president called on the tourists to join him on the other side of the roped-off area. One of the tourists—10-year-old Jack Cornish from Birmingham—came over and hugged the president.
Tuesday marked the first day of public tours at the 217-year-old White House since Inauguration Day, the Associated Press reported. According to the Washington Post, the White House Visitors Office usually ends public tours during presidential transitions while a new administration puts staff and logistics in place to manage them. Members of Congress—whose offices handle White House tour requests from constituents—inquired when tours would resume after the drought reached three weeks.
Interestingly enough, the president stood near a portrait of Hillary Clinton during his appearance this morning.
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