President Donald Trump and the first lady on Monday released a joint Christmas Day video message from the White House, quoting passages from the Bible and praising military families.
Trump tweeted out the short recording, which was taped before the first family left Washington DC for their holiday vacation at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.
‘My fellow Americans, Melania and I are delighted to wish America and the entire world a very Merry Christmas,’ the president says at the outset of the video.
Melania Trump, dressed in a lacy red frock, says that at this time of year, ‘we see the best of America and the soul of the American people,’ and pays tribute to ‘our brave men and women in uniform.’
The video, clocking at 1 minute, 44 seconds, features a montage showing the first family greeting troops and spending time with children, and footage showcasing this year’s Christmas decorations at the White House, including closeups of an elaborate nativity scene and a banner that reads, ‘Merry Christmas.’
Trump then goes on to say: ‘In the season of joy, we spend time with our families, we renew the bonds of love and goodwill between our citizens and most importantly we celebrate the miracle of Christmas.
‘For Christians we remember the story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph that began more than 2,000 years ago. As the book of Isaiah tells us, for to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
‘This good news is the greatest Christmas gift of all, the reason for our joy and the true source of our hope.’
As of Monday afternoon, the video has been viewed on Twitter more than 1.43million times.
The message comes after the president tweeted on Christmas Eve that people are ‘proud to be saying Merry Christmas again. I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!’