President Donald Trump got on a video conference call with rooms full of overseas soldiers on Sunday to wish American servicemembers a heartfelt Merry Christmas, thanking them for their service and expressing his admiration for the armed forces.
Trump, who was spending the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, connected with military personnel at five bases in Qatar, Kuwait and Guantanamo Bay.
“I just want to wish everybody a very, very merry Christmas, we say Merry Christmas, again, very, very proudly,” he said, according to white House press pool reports. “Very, very merry Christmas. We’re going to have a great year, an incredible year. I’m thrilled to bring seasons greeting on behalf of the first lady and our entire family and most importantly, on behalf of the American people.”
“Today and every day we’re incredibly thankful for you and your families,” he added. “Your families have been tremendous. Always underappreciated, military families, the greatest people on earth.”
In a video call with the U.S. Coast Guard, Trump offered special thanks for the branch’s emergency assistance during the multiple hurricanes that rocked the country.
“Many Republicans are very happy, but I have to tell you the people of Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, lots of other states are even more happy,” he said. “What a job you’ve done.”
“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. So I want to congratulate the Coast Guard for having done an incredible job… Every American heart is thankful and we’re asking God to watch over you and to watch over your families.”