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Biden takes a hit for $139K WH Christmas tree lights as Americans grapple with inflation

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The White House received a response for shelling out $139,000 for this year’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, supplemented by another $171,000 for the event, as the US laments rising inflation costs.

The federal government seemed to pull out all the stops for the 2021 National Christmas Tree Lighting Festivities, with a live audience, TMZ reported.

This event will return to normal after last year’s ceremony took place virtually due to the pandemic, and the lighting will be slightly cheaper than the $160,000 the Trump administration paid in 2019.

Still, many found spending a bit deaf, as inflation rose to 6.2 percent this fall, the highest level since 1990 — pushing the price of basic goods and services in the US soaring.

Jill Biden welcomed the White House Christmas tree on Monday. The lighting ceremony will cost $139,000 with an additional $171,000 to host the live event

Many criticized President Joe Biden for the costly ceremony as he travels through Nantucket, Massachusetts for the Thanksgiving weekend

Many criticized President Joe Biden for the costly ceremony as he travels through Nantucket, Massachusetts for the Thanksgiving weekend

Inflation has risen to 6.2 percent, highest since 1990

Inflation has risen to 6.2 percent, highest since 1990

The cost of basic goods and services has skyrocketed and is expected to increase

The cost of basic goods and services has skyrocketed and is expected to increase

The lavish tree-lighting festivities sparked a flood of tweets against the excessive spending, as Biden and the White House had spent recent months trying to downplay the effects of inflation.

A Twitter user named Gwenn wrote, “Your tax money is hard at work.”

Another user with the handle JJM also criticized the lack of charities for Christmas by tweeting, “Money that could help those in need, but going away.

A Twitter user named Aloha simply wrote, “Easy to spend people’s money.”

Another Twitter named @coolguy8623 also criticized Biden for spending after the president urged the IRS to snoop on payments and transfers of $600 or more through their bank accounts.

The user tweeted: ‘So lighting a tree is more important than the total annual income of 3-4 people, yet irs has to check the bank accounts of ordinary working people???’

Many tweeted furiously about the White House's lavish spending on the Christmas tree

Many tweeted furiously about the White House’s lavish spending on the Christmas tree

The White House Christmas tree arrived Monday, where it was received by First Lady Jill Biden, her son Hunter, daughter-in-law Melissa Cohen and grandson Beau.

Two Clydesdale horses – Ben and Winston – pulled the tree up the driveway to the north as the Marines band played ‘Oh Christmas Tree’.

Jill broke off a piece of the branch, walked with it to her grandson and gave him a kiss.

The Fraser Fir tree is from Jefferson, North Carolina, and will be installed in the White House this week. The chandelier in the Blue Room has to be temporarily removed to make way for the tree, which is almost touching the ceiling.

The tree’s theme — along with the theme of this year’s White House decorations — is chosen by the first lady, but has yet to be revealed.

First lady Jill Biden presents a branch of the official 2021 White House Christmas tree to Beau Biden, son of Hunter Biden, center, at the White House.  Next to Hunter Biden is his wife, Melissa Cohen

First lady Jill Biden presents a branch of the official 2021 White House Christmas tree to Beau Biden, son of Hunter Biden, center, at the White House. Next to Hunter Biden is his wife, Melissa Cohen

The National Christmas Tree Association chooses the tree that will be the centerpiece of the White House staterooms.

Rusty and Beau Estes, owners of Peak Farms, are two-time past winners of the Christmas tree contest. They previously presented trees to Laura Bush in 2008 and Michelle Obama in 2021.

This will be the 13th tree from growers in North Carolina to serve as the official White House Christmas tree, nearly twice the number of runner-up Washington and Wisconsin.

The tradition of the White House Christmas tree dates back 56 years to 1965, when Lady Bird Johnson was first lady.

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