WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – President Donald Trump is looking forward to the new year after spending Christmas with his family at Mar-a-Lago.
The White House said the First Family spent the morning opening presents and then posting a Christmas message on Twiter.
Later in the evening, President Trump tweeted that it was time to get back to work on making America great again.
I hope everyone is having a great Christmas, then tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again (which is happening faster than anyone anticipated)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2017
Before leaving for Florida, the president promised that it would be a working vacation.
“I’ll be working very hard during that Christmas because we have many things we’re talking about, including North Korea, including a lot of things happening in the Middle East,” he said.
That includes confronting the international backlash that followed his controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. That decision drew broad condemnation at the United Nations last week.
On Sunday, Guatemala announced that their embassy would move to Jerusalem over the objection of Palestinian leaders. On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted that many other nations will do the same.
In addition to national security, the president’s 2018 agenda includes a trillion-dollar infrastructure bill to repair America’s roads and bridges and a revisit of healthcare.
President Trump pushed Congress to include a repeal of the individual mandate as part of the tax reform bill.
“This was a requirement that people buy insurance that they don’t want and don’t need. That was one of the pillar’s of Obamacare and we’ve gotten rid of that,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on December 22nd.
Also on the agenda, this next year – throwing a party.
President Trump ends his first year in office without hosting a foreign leader for a state visit.
The last president to do that was Calvin Coolidge.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says there is no “singular reason” why President Trump hasn’t extended a state visit invitation yet but says the administration hopes to schedule one early in the new year.