Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Apple's Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson Attend White House State Dinner

Apple's Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson Attend White House State Dinner

French first lady Brigitte Macron wore a cream full-length gown by Louis Vuitton with long sleeves and gold details.

Among those who have already arrived are Vice President Mike Pence, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Apple CEO Tim Cook and two Winter Olympians who flashed medals on their way into the pre-dinner reception Tuesday. On Tuesday evening, the president hosted French President Emanuel Macron and French First Lady Brigette Macron at his first one ever.

But just as Melania put politics aside for the Bush memorial service, she appears to have done so again in the name of acknowledging White House history for this special event.

With 123 attendees, the event was smaller and more intimate than some of President Barack Obama's dinners.

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While Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser and the president's elder daughter, and Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, wowed in designer gowns, there were no surprise celebrity guests, in contrast with past years.

Mrs. Trump was largely absent from Washington during the first six months of the administration, opting to continue living full time at the family's Trump Tower penthouse so their now-12-year-old son, Barron, wouldn't have to change schools in the middle of the year. This method of communication not only shows a breakdown in process at the White House but a potential security risk for the president's private communications.

Some White House allies said they see Trump's more frequent solicitation of advice outside the West Wing as a sign that Kelly's status as a gatekeeper for the President has diminished.

As reported by PEOPLE, a press release from the Office of the First Lady explained the meaning behind the menu as it is to "celebrate the wondrous first harvest of spring, using greens from the White House kitchen garden".

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Only chiefs of state are invited to state visits, meaning the reigning monarch, ruler, or president of a country.

Other Cabinet secretaries included Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, as well as national security adviser John Bolton and National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow.

She traded in her usual dark sunglasses for a white wide-brimmed hat that quickly became a trending topic on social media.

And then Obama gives a big party, a state dinner, for the head of China, they probably don't even talk about it.

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The hat bobbed up and down across the bottom of TV screens as the first lady took her seat for the president's news conference with Macron.

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