First lady Melania Trump makes candygrams with young patients at the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Trump and Melania Trump aren’t much for PDAs (no sweet tweets on Valentine’s Day so far!), but the first lady did mark the lovey-dovey holiday with a visit to the young patients staying at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

For the second year in a row, she dropped by the inn, where children, many with rare diseases, stay with their families while getting treatment at NIH. Crafting ensued: Amid pink and red decorations, Trump fashioned snow globes and candygrams with the kids. They gave her flowers and a necklace; she handed out hugs and White House valentines.

Trump, who wore a holiday-apropos blush-colored coat and dress, seemed more comfortable around the children than she often does in public appearances, smiling as she helped two little girls fill gift boxes with gumdrops, chocolates and SweeTarts. “I remember you from last year,” she greeted another girl. “How are you feeling?”

And she showed some love for her (relatively) new hometown. When she joined a group of kids at an activity table in front of a board labeled “Favorite Things,” the first lady wrote on a large pink heart and affixed it to the display. Her message? “My favorite city is Washington,” the heart read.

After going more than a month without official events, Trump appears to be picking up the pace of her public calendar, on Wednesday hosting Colombian first lady Maria Juliana Ruiz Sandoval at the White House and last week speaking to young people at an anti-drug conference and attending a briefing at the Office of National Drug Control Policy.


First lady Melania Trump talks with 9-year-old Josue from Puerto Rico. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)