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    U.S. first lady Melania Trump, with U.S. President Donald Trump and hosts Dean Cain (L) and Kathie Lee Gifford (2nd L), reacts after she pressed the button to light the tree during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony near the White House in Washington, U.S. November 30, 2017

    Twitter Ridicules Trump Over Empty Seats at National Tree Lighting Ceremony

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    Numerous pictures of the event show a sparse crowd at the Ellipse in President’s Park, Washington, where the 95th annual ceremony took place. The empty seats at the occasion have provoked a chain reaction on Twitter.

    US President Donald Trump attended the National Tree Lighting ceremony in Washington on Thursday before a crowd, but for many on social media the scant number of people attending the ceremony seemed to leave much to be desired.

    The poor attendance at the event has triggered a flood of comments on social media.

    ​ABS News journalist Steve Rudin, who attended the ceremony, remarked that it was "hard not to notice the empty seats."

    ​​Many others also took to Twitter, mostly mocking the president.

    ​​For some, parallels with Trump’s inauguration ceremony could not go unnoticed.

    ​Others compared this year’s ceremony with last year’s event when Barack Obama was president.

    ​Despite the poor attendance, Trump continued with the ceremony.

    The president counted down from ten and then his wife, Melania, pushed a button to light up the tree.

    "Today is a day that I’ve been looking very much forward to ALL YEAR LONG. It is one that you have heard me speak about many times before. Now, as President of the United States, it is my tremendous honor to finally wish America and the world, a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

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