White House invites reporters to 'Holiday Reception'

White House invites reporters to 'Holiday Reception'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE is inviting reporters to a "Holiday Reception" at the White House after vowing last month that his administration would start "saying Merry Christmas again."

Invitations sent to White House reporters on Thursday explicitly calls the Dec. 1 event a "Holiday Reception," though the subject line and body of the email refer to it as a "Christmas Reception."

"The President and Mrs. Trump request the pleasure of your company at a Holiday Reception to be held at the White House on Friday, December 1, 2017 at two o'clock," the invitation itself reads.

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The email states that formal engraved invitations should arrive in the mail soon. 

As a presidential candidate, Trump repeatedly channeled the so-called "war on Christmas" — the notion that the holiday is being aggressively secularized — and promised that, under his administration, "Merry Christmas" would become the common greeting.

After months of silence on the matter, Trump reaffirmed the initiative during a speech at the Value Voter Summit in Washington last month, in which he blamed political correctness for stifling Christians' religious expression.

“We’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don’t talk about anymore. They don’t use the word Christmas because it’s not politically correct," he said, later adding: "We’re saying merry Christmas again."

Such receptions are standard at the White House, regardless of who is sitting at the Resolute Desk. But Trump has largely avoided social events with journalists, whom he frequently bashes as "dishonest" and accuses of reporting "fake news."

Seizing on his feud with the press, Trump declined to attend the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner earlier this year and instead held a campaign-style rally in Pennsylvania.