In a last minute push to provide children with entertainment for the White House Easter Egg Roll, President Donald Trump is enlisting the help of Sesame Street — a television series for which he threatened to cut funding toward.
President Trump has proposed ending federal funding completely for the Public Broadcasting Service. PBS responded, explaining in a statement that public television programs, like Sesame street, provide invaluable services, including “increasing school readiness for kids 2-8, support for teachers and homeschoolers, lifelong learning, public safety communications and civil discourse.”
It’s unclear whether those cuts will get through Congress or not at this point. The Trump administration, meanwhile, finds itself in an awkward predicament, due mainly to its own failures to plan for the Easter Egg Roll.
The White House was slow to get the ball — er, egg rolling this year, a point made clear by Wells Wood Turning, the company that usually supplies the eggs for the presidential tradition. The company tweeted out to the president and First Lady Melania Trump about a crucial deadline to order eggs in February.
— Wells Wood Turning (@WellsTurning) February 20, 2017
The New York Times also reports that area schools, which normally receive thousands of tickets for the event to hand out to children, have not yet received anything from the White House, which by all accounts is scrambling to get the event in order.
Characters from PBS are often asked to attend the Egg Roll. But PBS, too, didn’t receive an invitation from the White House until late March, mere weeks before the Easter Egg Roll was set to commence. Typically, multiple cast members from Sesame Street attend the Egg Roll, but this year only one member is slated to come, a sign perhaps of a scaled back event compared to previous years.
Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.