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'It's Really Important to Keep the True Meaning of Easter in Mind': White House Hosts 140th Easter Egg Roll

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted the 140th annual White House Easter Egg Roll Monday.

"I want to really thank the first lady, Melania, who has done an incredible job," said President Trump. "She worked so hard on this event, and I so want to thank you."

The egg roll, which was started back in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes, was a big event for little ones like 2-year-old Henry Jones. The toddler was among more than a thousand kids to roll eggs across the White House lawn.

"Happy Easter," said the toddler.

"This is a special year. Our country is doing great," said Trump. "You look at the economy; you look at what is happening – nothing is ever easy, but we have never had an economy like we've have right now."

During the event, the president faced questions on Dreamers after announcing earlier Monday, "DACA is dead."

"The Democrats have really let them down. They really let them down. They had this great opportunity. The Democrats have really let them down. It's a shame. And now people are taking advantage of DACA and that's a shame," said Trump.

Meanwhile, Christians like Henry's father, Matthew Jones, also took this opportunity to share their faith with the little ones and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

"As much fun as it is to roll the egg across the lawn, it's really important to keep the true meaning of Easter in mind," said Jones.

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Ben Kennedy is an Emmy Award-winning White House correspondent for CBN News in Washington, D.C. He has more than a decade of reporting experience covering breaking news nationwide. He's traveled cross country covering the President and scored exclusive interviews with lawmakers and White House officials. Kennedy spent seven years reporting for WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, Florida. While there he reported live from Kingston, Jamaica, as Hurricane Matthew hit the island. He was the first journalist to interview Diana Nyad moments after her historic swim from Cuba to Key West. He reported