Published: Mon, December 25, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Trump's busy Christmas Eve: calls to troops, talk of Santa

Trump's busy Christmas Eve: calls to troops, talk of Santa

United States President Donald Trump has greeted a Merry Christmas to the troops from all five military branches stationed overseas during a teleconference from Mar-a-Lago, where he is spending the holidays with his family.

"On behalf of Melania, myself, Barron and the entire Trump family, God bless you, God bless America, and have a very very merry Christmas and happy new year".

As Trump addressed the various groups of soldiers and sailors, he, in particular, applauded the Coast Guard for its hurricane response.

"People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again", Trump tweeted. "What a job you've done".

"We say Christmas again very proudly", Trump told the troops. The Coast Guard saved thousands and thousands of lives.

'If I don't see you during the day, have a great holiday and a great Christmas, thank you very much, ' he said as the pool reporters were being ushered out. Another, from Virginia, was heard telling the president he wanted building blocks.

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Trump ate Christmas Eve dinner with his family before attending worship services with the first lady at the Episcopal church in Palm Beach where they were married in 2005.

Fresh from a victory lap over his biggest legislative accomplishment as president - his signature on a $1.5 trillion tax cut bill Friday - Trump said he hoped to parlay that win into more successes in 2018.

The president also retweeted a supporter's tweet that showed an image of the president inside a auto with the text "winning" above him.

She also shared a picture that showed her making Christmas calls with the president, writing that they "had fun" participating in the annual tradition.

"I really do believe we're going to have a lot of bipartisan work done, and maybe we start with infrastructure, because I really believe infrastructure can be bipartisan", Trump said Friday.

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