On Christmas Day, President Donald Trump participated in a long-running practice of presidents who called soldiers stationed around the country and the world.
However, he broke from a current custom of actually going to troops and injured warriors. He did so in 2017 when he visited injured soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Dec. 21 (and invited Coast Guard service members to play golf at his course in West Palm Beach, Florida).
By staying home on Tuesday, Trump ended up being the first president since 2002 who didn’t visit military workers around Christmastime.
Based upon a check of NBC logs, President Barack Obama went to soldiers at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, in Kaneohe Bay, every Christmas he remained in the workplace, from 2009 to 2016.
Before him, according to a check of news releases, President George W. Bush checked out injured warriors at Walter Reed from 2003 to 2008. He did not visit troops at Christmas in 2002, in the run-up to the Iraq War, or in 2001.
In recent months, Trump has actually taken heat from critics for not going to troops in an active battle zone, after canceling a trip to an American military burial ground outside of Paris last month due to weather.