It’s no secret many reporters and pundits on the cable news network CNN dislike the Trump administration, but a recent report criticizing President Donald Trump for his handling of the White House Easter Egg Roll event is more ludicrous than usual.
In a segment titled “Egg Roll Scramble,” CNN anchor Dave Briggs brought on New York Times reporter Julie Hirschfeld to discuss the Trump administration’s alleged mishandling of the upcoming White House Easter event.
“The president facing some major tests the past few weeks, and add this one to the list,” Briggs said. “The White House Easter Egg Roll. Sounds trivial, yes, but this is considered the biggest social event held at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, a tradition for more than 100 years. Here’s the problem: As of earlier this week, many key vendors and schools say they haven’t heard a peep about it. Back in mid-February, the company that manufactures the event’s eggs tweeted to the first family, ‘FYI, manufacturing deadlines for the Easter eggs are near. Please reach out.’ Will this whole event, flop? And what does it say about this administration?”
Briggs and Hirschfeld then discussed whether the Trump administration is prepared for the event, and if the interview had ended there, the segment would have been a bit silly, but nothing more. However, Briggs and Hirschfeld decided to take things further, suggesting the Trump administration’s Easter-event failings are “indicative” of larger problems.
“We know many school districts that genuinely expect tickets hadn’t yet heard from the White House as well,” Briggs said. “This is supposed to be a light-hearted, fun event at the White House. But larger, what is it indicative of, if they do struggle with the event?”
“Well, I mean I think like a lot of things with this White House, we’ve seen a lack of staffing, a lack of organization,” said Hirschfeld. “A lack of understanding of sort of the magnitude of the task. And once they got going, I mean, I think they have ordered the eggs, they are going to put on the event. It’s going to be about half as big as it was in previous years. There’s not going to be anywhere near the amount of talent. There’s no A-list talent they’re planning to have.”
“But I think what it shows you is, you know, this is a group that has not done this before,” Hirschfeld said. “They were very, very slow to get key people in place in the West Wing, much less the East Wing, which is still very understaffed. So, you know, it just shows you what happens when you come in to a challenge like this without any sort of understanding of what it’s going to take to pull it off, and we’ve seen that on the policy side. Obviously, we’re seeing it on a little more of a light-hearted side with the egg roll.”