President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump sent a Christmas message to Americans Monday, urging them to celebrate the “miracle of Christmas” with each other.
“My fellow Americans, Melania and I are delighted to wish America and the rest of the world a very Merry Christmas,” Trump said in a video, which featured the first couple at the White House.
First Lady Melania Trump commented that Christmas was a time to “see the best of America and the soul of the American people,” and paid tribute to the Armed Forces.
Donald Trump continued, sharing the Christmas message from Scripture.
In the season of joy, we spend time with our families, we renew the bonds of love and goodwill between our citizens and most importantly we celebrate the miracle of Christmas. For Christians, we remember the story of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph that began more than 2,000 years ago. As the book of Isaiah tells us, for to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This good news is the greatest Christmas gift of all, the reason for our joy and the true source of our hope.
Melania Trump noted that the Christmas season was a season of celebration and thanksgiving for the blessings Americans received and a chance to pray for peace around the world.
“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 a Happy New Year,” President Trump concluded.wished Americans a “Merry Christmas” in a video message he posted to Twitter on Monday morning.
“My fellow Americans, Melania and I are delighted to wish America and the entire world a very Merry Christmas,” Trump says in the video message.
“At this time of year, we see the best of America and the soul of the American people,” Melania Trump says in the video.
President Trump says that in the season of joy, people spend time with their families, renew the “bonds of love and goodwill between our citizens” and celebrate the “miracle of Christmas.”
“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,” he said.
The Trumps are spending the Christmas holiday at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
On Saturday, he tweeted that people are “proud to be saying Merry Christmas again.”“I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase,” Trump tweeted on Christmas Eve.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wished “America and the entire world” a merry Christmas in a holiday address posted on Twitter on Monday.
“In the season of joy, we spend time with our families. We renew the bonds of love and goodwill between our citizens. And most importantly, we celebrate the miracle of Christmas,” President Trump says in the video, before quoting from the Book of Isaiah.
Melania Trump used the address to praise Americans coming together to support the troops, their neighbors and their communities during the holiday season.
“At this time of year,” Melania Trump says, “we see the best of America and the soul of the American people.”
The President ended the video with a holiday message to the nation. “God bless you, God bless America and have a very, very merry Christmas and happy New Year,” he says.President Donald Trump opened his first Christmas Eve in office by offering season’s greetings to U.S. troops stationed around the world and applauding the sacrifices their families make when their loved ones are away.
“Today and every day, we’re incredibly thankful for you and for your families,” Trump said from his Florida estate, where he is spending the holidays with his family. “Your families have been tremendous. Always under-appreciated, the military families. The greatest people on Earth.”
Trump spoke briefly by video hook-up on Sunday to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard stationed in Qatar, Kuwait and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and patrolling the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East.
Vice President Mike Pence rallied U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan during a surprise visit last week.
Trump complimented each branch of the armed forces. He said the Army’s “Iron Brigade” combat team in Kuwait is performing a “vital mission” by partnering with the Iraqi, Kuwaiti, Saudi Arabian and Jordanian armies, and providing force protection in Syria and Iraq.
He said a Kuwait-based, Marine air-ground task force has provided more than 4,000 flight hours of close air support in the campaign against the Islamic State group, and he thanked sailors aboard the USS Sampson for defending “high-value assets” in the Strait of Hormuz.Trump also singled out the Air Force’s 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron in Qatar for engaging more than 700 IS and Taliban targets in five separate countries and winning two trophies in an Air Force bomb competition. He called winning both an “amazing achievement.”
But he seemed to reserve the most praise for the Coast Guard, which impressed the president with its rescue operations during a devastating hurricane season in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“You’ve done such an incredible job in Texas and Florida and Puerto Rico,” Trump said. “Many Republicans are very happy but, I have to tell you, the people of Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and lots of other states are even more happy. What a job you’ve done … saved thousands and thousands of lives.”
Puerto Ricans, however, may question the president’s upbeat assessment of their state of mind.
Power generation on the U.S. territory is at 65 percent of normal, with nine of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities still completely in the dark more than three months after Hurricane Maria walloped the island. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has estimated power will not be fully restored across Puerto Rico until May. More than 200,000 homes were damaged and more than 30,000 people have lost their jobs, sparking an exodus of more than 200,000 Puerto Ricans to Florida alone.
In closing, Trump offered thanks to those who are away from their families to “defend all of our families, our freedoms and our pride.”
“Every American heart is thankful to you and we’re asking God to watch over you and to watch over your families,” he said, before he asked journalists to leave the room so he could begin taking questions from the service members.Trump planned to join first lady Melania Trump later Sunday to answer telephone calls from kids seeking updates on Santa Claus’ whereabouts from the NORAD Tracks Santa program. The North American Aerospace Defense Command has tracked Santa’s flight for more than 60 years.