Mrs. Trump shared the stage with CRTV host Eric Bolling, whose own son, Chase, tragically died of an accidental opioid overdose.
"We are in 21st century, and everybody has different taste", she said.
But it was the 40 drooping bright red topiary trees lining the east colonnade that divided opinion.
But the first lady invited all the haters to come check out the decorations in person.
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"In real life they look even more attractive, and you are all very welcome to visit the White House - the 'people's house, '" she said. With a smile, she added: "I think they look fantastic". This year, for the "American Treasures" theme, she opted for a patriotic red, white, and blue, with an emphasis on her "Be Best" program. "In real life, they look even more lovely and you are all very welcome to visit the White House, the People's House", she said.
Be Best is an initiative created by Mrs Trump that is meant to try to prevent opioid addition and cyberbullying.
The president's children Don Jr. and Tiffany, daughter-in-law Lara Trump, Don Jr.'s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke were also in attendance. And what does the media - I'm telling you, I can't believe this - what are they hung up on with the first lady right now?
Trump included the opioid crisis and how it affects children as one part of her three-pronged platform, "Be Best", which she launched in May.
Her words were greeted with laughter, cheers and applause from the audience.