President Trump Calls U.S. Troops Around the World to Wish Them a Merry Christmas

Posted: Dec 25, 2017 7:30 AM

As families gather to celebrate Christmas today, it's important to remember those serving overseas and unable to make it home for the holiday season. 

On Sunday President Trump hosted a teleconference with U.S. troops stationed around the world, including in Kuwait, Qatar, Guantanamo Bay and on the USS Sampson, to thank them for their service and to wish them a Merry Christmas. 

"I just want to wish everybody a very, very merry Christmas, we say Merry Christmas, again, very, very proudly. Very very merry Christmas. We’re going to have a great year, an incredible year. I’m thrilled to bring seasons greetings 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 for your families. Your families have been tremendous. Always underappreciated, military families, the greatest people on earth,” Trump said according to the White House pool report.

 “As we celebrate this most precious holiday, we’re grateful for each of you who spend this Christmas away from our families and defend all of our families, our freedom and our flag. Every American heart is thankful and we’re asking God to watch over you and to watch over your families,” he continued. 

Media covering his initial remarks was ushered out of the room so the President could have a personal conversation with the individuals on the call. 

Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit to Afghanistan last week. 

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