Melania Trump
First lady Melania Trump sits next to a person dressed as Santa Claus as she reads the Christmas book, The Polar Express to children at Children's National Medical Center Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The internet has its fair share of jokes about Melania Trump being unhappy living in the White House, and the Flotus made it worse when she recently said she would like to escape to a deserted island. She did, however, mention that she would like to take her family along with her.

Continuing a 60-year-old tradition started by Bess Truman, the first lady made a Christmastime visit to the Children's National hospital in Washington on 7 December (Thursday). During the visit, she met with patients and staff and spent time talking with them and answering questions.

Following a tour of the neuroscience centre, Trump joined a person in a Santa Claus costume, in the atrium where she spoke about her favourite holiday tradition — eating dinner on Christmas Eve before they attend midnight Mass or worship services on Christmas Day, followed by another family dinner; and her favourite Christmas song — O Holy Night.

"I asked Santa for Christmas, uh, peace on the world, health love and kindness," the first lady said of her holiday wish list before reading The Polar Express children's story book.

The highlight of the visit was a question put forth by a ten-year-old patient by the name of Andy, who asked Trump where she would spend the holidays if she could go anywhere in the world.

"I would spend my holidays on a deserted island, tropical island with my family," the 47-year-old former model answered.

With her life constantly under scrutiny, it is understandable that the wife of US President Donald Trump would like to escape all the media attention and the restrictions of the White House. Twitter, however, was not as sympathetic to her situation and reacted immediately to the remarks, offering to crowd-fund one-way tickets if she agreed to take her husband along.

"As long as they don't come back I'm fine with that answer," one user wrote.