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Trump is the first president since 2002 who has not visited troops at Christmas time



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By Elyse Perlmutter-Gumbiner

On Christmas Day, President Donald Trump participated in a long-standing practice of presidents calling troops across the country and around the world

But he broke the younger tradition of actually visiting troops and wounded warriors. He did so in 201

7 when he visited wounded troops at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on December 21 (and invited the Coast Guard service members to play golf on his golf course in West Palm Beach, Florida).

Staying at home On Tuesday, Trump became the first president since 2002 not to visit any military personnel at Christmas time.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama talk to US Marines and co-workers on Christmas Day 2016 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Hugh Gentry / Reuters File

Based on a review of ABC protocols, former President Barack Obama visited troops at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay. For Christmas he was in office from 2009 to 2016.

According to him, according to the President Former President George W. Bush visited wounded warriors at Walter Reed from 2003 to 2008. At Christmas 2002, in the run-up to the Iraq war or 2001, he visited no troops.


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