FACT CHECK: Trump’s Pledge To Restore ‘Merry Christmas’ To The White House

President Donald Trump speaks during a convene on Wednesday in St. Charles, Mo.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a convene on Wednesday in St. Charles, Mo.

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One of a nation’s oldest holiday celebrations takes place Thursday dusk on a Ellipse subsequent to White House — a annual lighting of a National Christmas Tree. It is a tradition that dates behind to a Coolidge administration in a 1920s and this will be President Trump’s and initial lady Melania Trump’s initial time holding partial in a eventuality given relocating into a White House.

The rite comes a day after a boss reiterated a oath he’s echoed many times given apropos a claimant in 2015 to finish a supposed fight on Christmas. At a debate Wednesday in Missouri to ventilate a GOP taxation renovate approaching to come adult for a opinion in a Senate this week, President Trump kicked off his remarks by saying: “I told we that we would be observant Merry Christmas again, right?”

Here’s a closer demeanour during a president’s claim.

CLAIM: President Trump will lapse a word Merry Christmas to a White House

“With Trump as your president, we are going to be celebrating Merry Christmas again, and it’s going to be finished with a big, pleasing taxation cut.”

While it is still misleading if congressional Republicans can broach that taxation renovate Trump is so fervent to pointer into law, checking to see if “Merry Christmas” indeed left presidential vernacular is a bit easier to answer.

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First a small context.

President Trump’s assign that “you don’t see Merry Christmas anymore” seemed to be destined during his prototype former President Barack Obama and a apparent explain that Obama seemed to preference a some-more thorough anniversary word “Happy Holidays.”

Some of those who share President Trump’s perspective of a before administration indicate to a Obama White House’s central holiday cards that review “Happy Holidays.” Former Rep. Joe Walsh, who is now a regressive pundit, tweeted Wednesday:

“The Trump family’s initial Christmas label contains a word that was noticeably absent from all 8 of Obama’s Christmas cards: CHRISTMAS!”

Todd Starnes of Fox News progressing this week penned an essay thanking Trump for bringing “Merry Christmas” behind to a White House.

But a discerning hunt of a Web and amicable media earnings many examples of when Obama used a word “Merry Christmas.” In fact, in his weekly residence on Christmas Eve 2016, literally a initial difference out of a former president’s mouth were: “Merry Christmas, everybody.”

Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in 2016


Here are tweeted photos from a before years:

In 2015, Obama tweeted “Merry Christmas, and happy holidays to we and yours.”

In 2014, Obama tweeted “Have a happy Christmas.”

And in 2013, Obama went with a elementary “Merry Christmas.”

As one publisher forked out on amicable media this week, a Obama administration pronounced “Merry Christmas” annually for 8 years.

Well, maybe Trump was suggesting a George W. Bush administration did not contend “Merry Christmas”? Nope, that administration did so too, including in 2008 when former President Bush spoke to U.S. infantry stationed in Iraq.

How about a Clinton administration? President Bill Clinton did so too.

Former President and First Lady Bill and Hillary Clinton wish Americans Merry Christmas in Dec. 2000


So a existence is, as best we can tell, “Merry Christmas” never left a White House.