United States President Donald Trump has greeted a Merry Christmas to the troops from all five military branches stationed overseas during a teleconference from Mar-a-Lago, where he is spending the holidays with his family.
"We're asking God to watch over you", the president added.
As Trump addressed the various groups of soldiers and sailors, he, in particular, applauded the Coast Guard for its hurricane response.
Trump - who has sent a series of combative tweets since arriving at his Florida vacation home - he said he wants "peace for the country".
"You've done such an incredible job in Texas and Florida and Puerto Rico", Trump said.
"We say Christmas again very proudly", Trump said from the living room of Mar-a-Lago.
"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, as you know", Trump told reporters Friday. Nearly - it's unbelievable when I looked at the charts and I saw the number of lives you've saved.
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During the conversation Trump thanked the members of the military for their service and their families for the sacrifice. At an event in Missouri last month he told supporters, "You don't see "Merry Christmas" any more".
He offered encouragement when a caller from Virginia wanted to find building blocks under the Christmas tree.
Despite the approaching holiday, the president has been on a Twitter kick for most of the weekend.
McAuliffe is a longtime political ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton.
'The Fake News refuses to talk about how Big and how Strong our BASE is, ' Trump wrote.
The president also retweeted a supporter's tweet that showed an image of the president inside a vehicle with the text "winning" above him.