London children sing holiday tune to Melania Trump

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First lady Melania Trump hands gifts to a children choir after joining local students and U.S. Marines stationed at the U.S. Embassy, wrapping holiday presents to be donated to the Salvation Army, at the Salvation Army Clapton Center in London, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)

LONDON – London fifth graders sang “All I Want for Christmas is You” after Melania Trump added to their merriment Wednesday by joining them to make wreaths and ornaments at a Salvation Army center.

At the center in the Clapton neighborhood of east London, Mrs. Trump helped attach pine cones to a wreath covered in yellow tinsel.

She also helped U.S. Marines put gifts into large holiday-themed plastic sacks.

The first lady nodded in apparent enjoyment as the pupils serenaded her, then clapped and appeared to say “bravo” when they finished the song.

Mrs. Trump also donated presents for the charity’s holiday drive, including white baseball caps, white Frisbees and soccer balls all stamped with the logo of her “Be Best” youth initiative.

She gave the fifth graders “Be Best” ornaments as gifts before she departed.

The appearance in London was a vast improvement over the reception she received last week in Baltimore, when many middle and high school students booed her address at an anti-drug summit.

The first lady's husband, President Donald Trump, had upset many residents with disparaging comments about their Maryland hometown.