President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE on Thursday took part in the annual National Christmas Tree lighting, making brief remarks at the celebration just hours after House Democrats made clear they would move to impeach him in the coming weeks.
The president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden clarifies his remarks on Russia Raskin: Grisham told Jan. 6 panel about 'names that I had not heard before' Grisham says former Trump officials meeting next week 'to try and stop him' MORE attended a celebration on the Ellipse just outside the White House. Trump did not mention impeachment or politics in brief remarks. He thanked staffers who made the event possible and recounted a bit of history about the ceremony and Christmas itself.
"Melania and I would like to wish you a very, very merry Christmas," Trump told guests.
The president then counted down from five seconds before the first lady flipped a switch to light the tree. A band played “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” as Trump stood behind the podium.
Hundreds of people assembled near the Ellipse to witness the tree lighting, which was followed by musical performances by various artists.
Government attendees included Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, Rep. Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsHouse has the power to subpoena its members — but does it have the will? Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump Jan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview MORE (R-N.C.), Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team House has the power to subpoena its members — but does it have the will? Jan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview MORE (R-Ohio) and Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeWe need scientific analysis of satellite data on UAP Set to make history on UFOs, Congress revives the '1 percent' doctrine This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead MORE (R-Texas), each of whom Trump recognized by name.
Melania Trump earlier this week unveiled the White House Christmas decorations, which adhered to the chosen theme of "The Spirit of America.”
In total, the decorations include 58 Christmas trees, more than 15,000 bows and more than 2,500 strands of lights, according to the White House.
The president complained during his campaign for president that Americans were no longer saying "Merry Christmas." He has suggested at various times since taking office that the country has resumed using that phrase.