Trump sends Christmas greetings to U.S. troops overseas


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.

Obama also wished the American people a merry Christmas in his final festive address as president a year ago.

President Donald Trump is celebrating Christmas the way millions of Americans do: surrounded by family, the White House said.

Trump, Melania, and most of Trump's children and grandchildren are spending the holidays at the Mar-a-Lago estate.

"This good news is the greatest Christmas gift of all, the reason for our joy and the true source of our hope", the president said.

Earlier Sunday, Trump offered season's greetings to USA troops stationed overseas.

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The menu for President Donald Trump's Christmas Day dinner didn't skimp on the goodies. The First Lady's parents are also there. He also squeezed in golf, family time and worship. The Trumps Wednesday at the church in 2005.

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.

In closing, Trump offered thanks to those who are away from their families to "defend all of our families, our freedoms, and our pride". "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".

Trump opened Christmas Eve by tweeting against those he feels don't support him, including FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the news media.

On Christmas Eve, Trump and the First Lady attended a service at the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea where they were married 12 years ago.

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