President Trump called first lady Melania Trump "the star of the Trump family" Thursday at a dinner and reception for the White House Historical Association.

"And I'm just going to turn this over to the star of the Trump family," the president said while introducing his wife at the function held in the State Dining Room of the White House. "They love her out there, I'll tell you. We walked all over Florida, we walked all over Texas and they're loving Melania and she just enjoys helping them with what she's doing and working with you folks."

Trump was referring to the first couple's recent trips to see the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The first lady then spoke to the crowd for about five minutes, according to a White House pool report, with a guest overheard saying, "She should run next." The president also reportedly praised her remarks.

Melania Trump is scheduled to visit a children's center at Joint Base Andrews on Friday and deliver remarks to military personnel and their families.