Trump spends Christmas Eve calling troops, golfing and tweeting

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"Every American heart is thankful to you and we're asking God to watch over you and to watch over your families".

President Trump says he's pleased that people are "saying Merry Christmas again".

He offered renewed praise to the Coast Guard for saving thousands of lives during a series of deadly US hurricanes. "What a job you've done. saved thousands and thousands of lives".

Trump told a caller from MS that the state is "great" and predicted that "Santa is going to treat you very well". "The Coast Guard saved thousands and thousands of lives, nearly it's unbelievable when I look at the charts, I saw the number of lives you saved", Trump told them. "Very very merry Christmas", Trump said.

Trump ate Christmas Eve dinner with his family before attending worship services with the first lady at the Episcopal church in Palm Beach where they were married in 2005. 'Enjoy yourselves. Really appreciate it, have a great Christmas and we're going to do some very personal questions between these great peple and myself'. At an event in Missouri last month he told supporters, "You don't see "Merry Christmas" any more".

Later in the day, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will participate in NORAD Santa tracker phone calls.

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Trump lavished the troops with praise on "how well we're doing" in the fight against terrorism and declared, "We're winning".

The president had latched on to news that the FBI's Deputy Director Andrew McCabe planned to retire.

The "M" in his tweet stands for McAuliffe.

Mr. Trump also took to Twitter on Sunday, saying, "Fake News refuses to talk about how Big and how Strong our BASE is".

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

The president also retweeted a supporter's tweet that showed an image of the president inside a auto with the text "winning" above him.

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