Trump in Palm Beach: The first family’s Christmas on social media


Update 3:30 p.m.: The White House has informed the press pool that there will be no scheduled media releases or presidential travel today, making this Christmas one of the quietest in a long time, according to Peter Nicholas with the Wall Street Journal.

Update 11:25 a.m.: Eric Trump spends his Christmas in North Carolina with his wife and son.

He re-posted a picture from his wife Lara on Instagram holding a coffee mug on the beach that reads “I (love) waking up and remembering that Donald Trump is president.” 

#Repost @laraleatrump ・・・ #GoodMorning & #MerryChristmas 🎄🇺🇸

A post shared by Eric F. Trump (@erictrump) on

Donald Trump Jr. took a picture on Instagram of a “Make America Great Again” hat ornament sitting on a Christmas tree at Mar-a-Lago.

Update 10:05 a.m.: At Mar-a-Lago, President Trump was briefed on a suicide attack that happened in Kabul, Afghanistan today, killing six, according to White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Update 9:40 a.m.: Eric Trump posted to Twitter to acknowledge fallen soldiers “who paid the ultimate price” and their families affected on the holidays. 


Update 8:30 a.m.: The first family took to social media this morning to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

President Trump made his first tweet of the day posting a Christmas compilation video of himself with First Lady Melania Trump.

“Melania and I are delighted to wish America and the entire world a very Merry Christmas,” Trump says in the video. 

Trump also quotes a verse from the bible in the book of Isaiah, noting what the celebration of Christmas is about.

Melania speaks about celebrating our blessings as Americans and “prays for peace all over the world.”


First Lady Melania Trump took a selfie at Mar-a-Lago on Instagram dressed in a cozy white robe with a Santa hat filter.  

Merry Christmas! 🎄🤶🏻

A post shared by First Lady Melania Trump (@flotus) on

Donald Trump Jr. posted a photo to Instagram of his two children with their great grandmother at Mar-a-lago, writing in his post that Christmas is “all about family.” 

Eric Trump also posted a photo to Instagram of him, his wife and newborn son with the president and first lady at the White House, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. 

ORIGINAL STORY: There are no public event’s scheduled for President Donald Trump’s Christmas — but his Christmas Eve included a video conference with members of the military, a round of golf, phone calls with children and, of course, a few tweets.

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The media could hear the first five minutes of the call when the president introduced the soldiers who all represented different military branches. He wished them all a “Merry Christmas,” and congratulated them individually on their various accomplishments.

» Trump cam: Live view of Mar-a-Lago

After the call, Trump’s motorcade headed straight to Trump International Golf Club in suburban West Palm Beach.

The president returned from the golf course around and then participated in NORAD Santa Tracker phone calls with first lady Melania Trump around 4 p.m. where they talked to children about what they wanted for Christmas.

» PHOTOS: President Trump’s Christmas visit to Mar-a-Lago

“Santa is going to treat you well,” he told a child. “Very well. The best he’s ever treated you.”

The president and the first lady wrapped up the day by having a Christmas Eve dinner at Mar-a-Lago with friends and family, and thenattending a late church service at Bethesda-by-the-Sea on Palm Beach.

Trump is expected to stay in Palm Beach through the end of the month.

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Staff Writer Matt Morgan contributed to this report.



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