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"Wishing everyone a very Merry #Christmas Eve!"

But, like his previous presidential vacations, Trump insists that he'll be consumed with work through the Christmas break.

'I'm thrilled to bring seasons greetings on behalf of the first lady and our entire family and most importantly, on behalf of the American people, ' Trump continued. Your families have been tremendous, ' he added.

He called the troops "underappreciated" and described their military families as "the greatest people on earth".

He specifically praised the Coast Guard for their response to the hurricanes this fall.

Trump told a caller from MS that the state is "great" and predicted that "Santa is going to treat you very well". "What a job you've done".

'The Coast Guard saved thousands and thousands of lives, almost, it's unbelievable when I look at the charts, I saw the number of lives you saved, ' Trump continued.

All five branches were included in the teleconference and Trump took questions after members of the media were escorted out of the room.


"That is great. That's better than asking for some toy or something", Trump said.

"Today is a day that I've been looking very much forward to all year long", the president said as he spoke at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony last month.

The White House has not released Trump's Christmas schedule, but past year he and his wife attended Christmas Eve services at a Palm Beach church before a quiet Christmas Day at the resort.

One boy wanted building blocks.

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 group is called America First Policies and it includes Trump's digital and data director Brad Parscale, newly-indicted former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates and Vice President Mike Pence's former campaign advisers.

Casper from Arlington, Virginia, was a child after Trump's own heart.


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