President Trump wishes troops a Merry Christmas

President Donald Trump shows off the tax bill after signing it in the Oval Office of the White House Friday Dec. 22 2017 in Washington

President Donald Trump's first Christmas Eve in office was a busy one that unfolded like this: tweet against perceived adversaries, cheer USA troops spending the holidays overseas, play golf, chat with children anxious to know when Santa will bring their presents, eat dinner with the family and attend a church service.

"Every American heart is thankful to you and we're asking God to watch over you and to watch over your families", he said, before he asked journalists to leave the room so he could begin answering any service member questions.

As Trump addressed the various groups of soldiers and sailors, he, in particular, applauded the Coast Guard for its hurricane response.

Trump has said the phrase "Merry Christmas" will be permitted now that he is president, suggesting it was not used by his predecessors. "What a job you've done".

"I predict that Santa will bring you building blocks, so many you won't be able to use them all", he said.

'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, ' Trump continued. "We're going to have a great year, an incredible year". At an event in Missouri last month he told supporters, "You don't see "Merry Christmas" any more".

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Trump's teleconference, where the President touted the military and their families, continues a tradition set by past presidents.

McAuliffe is a longtime political ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The president also retweeted a supporter's tweet that showed an image of the president inside a auto with the text "winning" above him.

"They show Fake Polls just like they report Fake News".

Trump lavished the troops with praise on "how well we're doing" in the fight against terrorism and declared, "We're winning".

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