Breaking 15-Year Tradition, Trump Doesn’t Visit Troops For Christmas

US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the military via teleconference from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018. - Trump used the Thanksgiving talk Thursday wi... US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the military via teleconference from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018. - Trump used the Thanksgiving talk Thursday with US troops overseas to criticize US judges and tout his efforts to keep migrants from crossing the US border. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 26, 2018 10:34 a.m.

Late update: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted Wednesday that President Trump was in Iraq to visit servicemembers.

Though he made calls to military personnel on Christmas, President Donald Trump opted not to visit any bases or hospitals this year.

According to an NBC News report, the most recent President to skip the Christmastime visit was President George Bush in 2002.

President Barack Obama visited troops on a base in Hawaii every year of his presidency.

Trump stopped by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last year, but skipped the tradition this year, adding yet another strike to his 2018 record. He garnered backlash earlier this year when he cancelled appearances at a burial site in Paris and Arlington National Cemetery in quick succession. He has also yet to visit an active combat zone, something both Bush and Obama had done by this point in their presidencies.

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