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Georgia students among the first visitors to the White House

The White House resumed public tours on Tuesday for the first time since President Trump's inauguration. About 100 visitors, including a group of seventh graders from Georgia, were among the first to tour the presidential residence.

About 80 students from George Walton Academy in Monroe, Ga. were at the White House for their annual school trip, but unfortunately, they just missed a sighting of the President.

President Trump had surprised a group of cheering students who were touring the White House just before the students from George Walton Academy began their tour. One young man from Birmingham, Ala. was pulled from the crowd for a photo-op with the President.

The students from Georgia had a tour time of 11 a.m., just after the President had left the building. They saw his helicopter taking off as their tour began, said a parent chaperone. The students, who arrived Sunday night for a three-day trip, were still excited to have their pictures taken on the lawn and view the White House.

Last month, First Lady Melania Trump announced the reopening of the White House Visitors Office. Tours are free, self-guided and take place between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. depending on the day. Requests for tours must be submitted between 21 days to three months in advance through the appropriate member of Congress and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.



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