President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpGOP leader's remarks on Fox underscore Trump's power White House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee Ex-Trump aide sues Grisham over abuse allegations MORE on Tuesday wished Americans a Merry Christmas.
In a video posted on the official White House Twitter, the president said he and his wife are “truly thrilled to wish every American a very Merry Christmas.”
“We come together with family and friends to spread hope, love, compassion, cheer and goodwill,” the first lady said.
President Trump said that the Christmas season “brings out the best in the American spirit."
“We see neighbors helping neighbors, and communities lifting up those who need a helping hand,” he said. “We see Americans of all ages caring for people in need.”
Melania Trump also honored law enforcement officers and U.S. troops in her comments in the video, saying “we salute the brave men and women who serve our nation overseas.”
“We send our love to the military families whose sacrifice helps keep our nation free,” she said.
President Trump sent another tweet, on Tuesday evening, wishing everyone “even the Fake News Media,” a great Christmas.
“Our Country is doing very well. We are securing our Borders, making great new Trade Deals, and bringing our Troops Back Home. We are finally putting America First. MERRY CHRISTMAS! #MAGA,” he added.
The president spent Christmas morning, also the fourth day of a partial government shutdown, making phone calls to troops overseas.
He spoke to reporters after the calls, standing by the shutdown and criticizing Democrats. He defended his decision to fire former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE in May 2017.
“It's a disgrace what's happening in our country,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “But other than that, I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas."
On Monday, the Trumps attended a Christmas Eve service at the Washington National Cathedral.
The couple also took calls from children asking about Santa’s whereabouts, with the president raising eyebrows by asking a 7-year-old: “Are you a believer in Santa Claus?”
The Trumps were initially slated to spend Christmas at their Mar-a-Lago resort, but the president stayed in Washington after the partial government shutdown began on Saturday. The first lady, who was already in Florida, flew back Monday to spend Christmas Eve at the White House.
Updated at 6:41 p.m.