Melania Trump hosts her first event in the White House Kitchen Garden

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Along with the National Park Service (NPS), which maintains the White House grounds, the group spent time in the White House Kitchen Garden learning about the importance of the outdoors and healthy eating.

Washington, Sep 23 (IANS) US President Donald Trump defended his wife and First Lady Melania Trump after she faced criticism for wearing sky-high stilettos while en route to the hurricane Harvey-hit Texas state last month, the media reported. "It is part of healthy living". And the first lady gifted each child with a White House-branded gardening kit.

She regularly held events in the garden and wrote her first book, "American Grown", about her experience of planting it.

At 12:09 PM, after a short, uneventful flight, the First Lady Melania Trump disembarked the plane in Toronto where she is scheduled to attend the Invictus Games opening ceremony on her first solo overseas trip as the first lady.

Trump hosted children from the Boys and Girls Club of America on the South Lawn to promote healthy eating, a cause championed by Michelle Obama - who actually planted the White House garden, and frequently invited young people to help plant and harvest.

She also asked the children - all ages 10 or 11 - their favorite vegetables, and strolled through the garden with one girl, briefly draping her arm around her shoulder. They planted cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, carrots, spinach, and kale, the White House said.

The president experienced his own viral moment Tuesday after the White House chief of staff John Kelly was photographed looking exasperated during the speech, covering his eyes with his hand and looking downward, prompting White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to address the moment on Fox & Friends Wednesday. "It is such a good educational tool, and what an unbelievable experience for the kids".

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