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‘God Bless You:’ Trump Releases Christmas Message For All Americans

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump released his first Christmas message as President Sunday in a video recorded with First Lady Melania Trump.

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The president and first lady highlighted the sacrifice of U.S. service-members deployed abroad for Christmas and recited bible verse Isaiah 9:6. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Trump previously proclaimed victory against an “assault” on the phrase Merry Christmas, adding that “people are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again.”

The president also spent some of Christmas Eve manning the phones on NORAD’s Santa Tracker hotline which kids across the country can call to get an update on Santa’s whereabouts. Trump spoke with two randomly selected children. The first child told the president he wanted building blocks for Christmas, to which he replied, “building blocks, that’s what I’ve always liked too. I always loved building blocks…well I predict Santa will bring you building blocks, so many you won’t be able to use them all.”

Trump’s next caller was a 12-year-old named Ryan who told Trump he wanted his grandmother to get out of the hospital.  “So you want your grandma to get out of the hospital? That’s what your wish is? That’s great. That’s better than asking for some toy or something, that’s much better, right,” Trump exclaimed at Ryan’s wish. The president wrapped up the call saying “so your grandma’s gonna be good, okay Ryan, she’s gonna be good.”