PALM BEACH, Fla.Â â€“ President Donald Trump was getting into the holiday spirit Tuesday but, like millions of Americans, he also hadn’t fully finished Christmas shopping.Â
Speaking to U.S. soldiers on Christmas Eve from his Mar-a-Lago resort, the president said he had not yet picked up a gift for first lady Melania Trump.Â Asked what he got her, Trump said he had only a “a beautiful card” and is “still working on a Christmas present.”
“We love our family and we love each other,” Trump said.Â
Trump, who has claimed that Americans are saying “Merry Christmas” more frequentlyÂ because of his presidency, waved off the “Christmas gift” threatened by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The dictator has been making the threats to pressure the U.S. to resume talks over lifting sanctions on the country.
Instead of a missile test, as some believe Kim is threatening, Trump appeared to joke that it might be an actual Christmas gift.Â
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“Maybe it’s a present where he sends me a beautiful vase as opposed to a missile test,” Trump said. “I may get a vase. I may get a nice present from him. You don’t know. You never know.”
The â€œbeautiful card” the president said he got for the first lady is apparently a go-to gift.Â Thatâ€™s the same gift the president said he got his wife for her 48th birthday.
That card, at least, came with flowers.
“Maybe I didnâ€™t get her so much,â€ Trump told Fox in an April interview. â€œI got her a beautiful card, you know I’m very busy to be running out looking for presents. I got her a beautiful card and some beautiful flowers.”
The president was speaking to several troops Tuesday stationed throughout the world, a conversation that has become a tradition for presidents at the holidays.Â Sitting in front of a large video monitor, Trump praised them having the â€œTaliban running scared.â€
Trump mentioned they would receive a pay raise in January under legislation he signed last week.