President Trump took a moment from his family this Christmas to send an amazing message to our troops overseas, many of whom have not seen their families for a very long time, and continue to work as hard as possible protecting our country.
During a video conference call at Mar-a-Lago on Sunday, Trump addressed rooms full of deployed military personnel at five overseas bases in Qatar, Kuwait and Guantanamo Bay, wishing them a Merry Christmas and thanking them and their families for their service on behalf of the American people.
“I just want to wish everybody a very, very merry Christmas, we say Merry Christmas, again, very, very proudly,” Trump told the armed forces, according to White House pool reports. Very very merry Christmas. “We’re going to have a great year, an incredible year. 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.
“Today and every day we’re incredibly thankful for you and for your families,” Trump continued. “Your families have been tremendous. Always underappreciated, military families, the greatest people on earth.”
Trump specifically thanked the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard for their efforts in the wake of multiple hurricanes that hit the country in the last five months.
“Many Republicans are very happy, but I have to tell you the people of Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, lots of other states are even more happy,” Trump said. “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. So I want to congratulate the coast guard for having done an incredible job.”
We also would like to wish all of our brave men and women, many of whom cannot be home with their families today, a very Merry Christmas. Thank you for all that you continue to do for us.