OPINION | Barry Richard: Trump State Dinner Excludes Democrats
The Trumps will host their first official state dinner on Tuesday night, and it promises to be quite different and smaller than events of the past.
President and First Lady Melania Trump will welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte to the State Dining Room for an event to be attended by about 150 invited guests. Past first couples have hosted world leaders under huge white tents on the White House lawn, in order to accommodate the hundreds of guests in attendance.
Melania Trump is said to be overseeing every detail of the event rather than hiring an outside company to put on the shindig--another break from recent tradition. The First Lady has worked up a theme that celebrates the history of the two nations. Sounds like a more classy affair than pitching tents on the lawn.
The event will also be different in that it will be devoid of Hollywood and entertainment types and representatives of the media. Nor will there be many Democrats there. Trump has invited only four or five members of Congress, all Republicans. The Governor of Louisiana, Democrat John Bel Edwards, has also been invited.
Trump has every reason to snub the Congressional Democrats. They have resisted and attempted to embarrass him since day one.
Good for him. Who needs them? They'd probably threaten to boycott the event anyway.
I think excluding the Democrats is a good idea. What do you think?
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.