All was not calm and bright while he celebrates Christmas on President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed this Christmas.
Trump, marking his first Christmas as President from his private club here, balanced the traditional presidential holiday tasks — teleconferencing with the troops, speaking with young kids looking for Santa Claus and attending a late-night church service — with the fire-breathing tweets that helped turn him from boisterous businessman to an unconventional commander in chief.
It was a characteristic end to an often tumultuous year, where the President regularly found himself exactly where he wanted to be: at the center of attention.
Trump celebrates the holiday with his family around him at Mar-a-Lago, the private estate that Trump has warmed to calling the “Winter White House.” Joined by most of his children and grandchildren, along with first lady Melania Trump and her parents, the Trump brood sat at the center of the club’s dining room on Sunday night, kept at arm’s length with rope-and-stanchion around their tables.
Feasting on turkey, beef tenderloin and creamy kale, Trump was said to be in good spirits and surrounded by the friends and informal advisers that make up the group of men and women who help steer the President from outside the White House.
Even in his comfort zone, though, the President’s Twitter feed raged at familiar targets such as the FBI, the bureau’s outgoing Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the news media. In one retweet, he shared a user’s image of him speaking on the phone that included what appeared to be a blood splat with the CNN logo in the center on the bottom of his shoe.
Trump slammed McCabe for that fact that his wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, ran for Virginia state senate as a Democrat and received donations from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s political action committee.
McCabe told senior FBI officials months ago he was planning on retiring in the coming months, two sources familiar with his plans told CNN. The tweets, however, have lead some Democratic lawmakers — who have watched Trump attack the FBI and denigrate special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion — to speculate that Trump is trying to force McCabe out early.
Even away from the often-restricting White House, the tweets were a reminder that Trump enjoys turning to his millions of followers to slam those who he felt have wronged him in his first year in office.