Since before the beginning of his campaign, President Donald Trump has been promoting the idea of saying “merry Christmas” over any number of politically correct alternatives:
7 of 10 Americans prefer 'Merry Christmas' over 'Happy Holidays' http://t.co/Xjimd3KU No surprise.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2012
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2014
And throughout his campaign, he made one very simple promise:
“@JenniferJJacobs: Trump: ”Protect the 2nd amendment...And by the way we’re going to be saying Merry Christmas again.“ Iowa crowd LOVES it.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2015
— Virginia Kruta (@VAKruta) November 29, 2017
On Thursday, as Americans gathered in Washington, D.C., for the National Tree Lighting, Trump addressed the crowd with a very simple message:
“For Christians, this is a holy season — the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Christmas story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby Son, and the most extraordinary gift of all: the gift of God’s love for all of humanity.”
The Christmas Story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son and the most extraordinary gift of all—the gift of God’s love for all of humanity.
Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of his life... pic.twitter.com/P94C3LjWlx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2017
You can view the tree lighting ceremony and the president's full remarks below.