U.S. National Christmas Tree to Stay Dark During Holiday Due to Government Shutdown
The tree, which is located on the Ellipse just south of the White House, sustained some damage on Friday when a man climbed it.Local station NBC4 TV reported that U.S. Park Police had to negotiate with the man to get him down and believed he was in emotional distress.Following the incident, the National Park Service announced over the weekend that the tree would stay dark during the holiday. According to The Hill, the shutdown has “complicated” repairs.“During the federal government shutdown, the White House Visitor Center and National Christmas Tree site will be closed,” the National Park Service posted on Sunday.The partial government shutdown started early Saturday when Democrats refused President Trump’s request for $5 billion to fund a southern border wall. White House Budget Director and incoming acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said it is “very possible” the shutdown may continue into the new year.
Donald Trump Turns Grinch On Christmas Eve, Questions Child’s Belief In SantaNellie Andreeva•After claiming that he had saved ‘Merry Christmas’ from “assault” last Christmas Eve, Donald Trump may have ruined the holiday for a child a year later.Mired in Washington scandals, Trump spent Dec. 24 airing his grievances on Twitter, pinning the blame at others for everything, from the latest exodus of top officials to the government shutdown to the plunging stock market.Things seemingly took a turn for the better on Christmas eve as Trump tweeted photos of him and First Lady Melania Trump in front of a crackling White House fireplace under a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln as the two engaged in what the President called “one of my favorite traditions” — speaking to children who call the North American Aerospace Defense Command to track Santa Claus’ flight across the globe.While Mrs. Trump is seen in an accompanying video giving young callers nurturing and encouraging messages, including “I want to wish you a Merry Christmas” and “I hope your dreams come true,” her husband decided to use one child’s call to try and debunk the magic of Christmas.“Are you still a believer in Santa Claus,” the President is seen asking the child. (Because) at seven, it’s marginal, right?”Watch the video, followed by Trimp’s tweet: