Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Donald Trump claims he has made it acceptable for Americans to use the phrase 'merry Christmas' again

President and Mrs Trump at midnight Mass in Florida

-The US President is mocked for his claim, with users pointing to Barack Obama's use of the phrase.

-The US President spent Christmas Eve tweeting about his poll ratings and fake news - before finishing it off with a bizarre claim.

-People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again," he wrote. "I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!"

The post elicited countless responses questioning the claim.

Many pointed to 'merry Christmas' messages from Mr Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama.

Others dug out Mr Trump's 2010 tweet in which he wished his millions of followers not merry Christmas but a "very happy holiday season".

Earlier in the evening the President got into the festive spirit by participating in the NORAD Santa Tracker programme, taking phone calls at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where he is spending the festive season.

Children told him they wanted presents including building blocks, and one child asked for their grandmother to leave hospital.

Another asked the President what he would like for Christmas.

He replied: "We have prosperity, now I'd like peace on earth."

The president and First Lady Melania Trump later attended a Christmas Eve mass at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the sea in Florida.

They heard Reverend James R Harlan give a sermon in which he quoted Nelson Mandela on the importance of how "precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die."

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