President Trump wishes overseas troops a Merry Christmas

The Trump administration has gone way out of its way to demonstrate to the troops that they can rest assured they’re part of a government that appreciates their service.

SecDef Mattis visited troops earlier this week and Vice President Mike Pence paid a surprise visit to servicemen and women in Afghanistan.

Then President Trump delivered a special message to the overseas troops wishing them a Merry Christmas and thanking them for their sacrifices.

The message came on the heels of a visit with wounded troops at Walter Reed Hospital last week.

Morale across the board in the military has notably increased in the months since Trump’s inauguration, which comes as absolutely no surprise.

Here’s more from the Blaze…

President Donald Trump wished a number of overseas troops a Merry Christmas via personal videoconference over the weekend. Fox News showed video of some of some of the messages this morning.

In the messages, President Trump expressed America’s thankfulness for the troops who are separated from their families for the holidays while protecting the country. He also offered praise to servicemen deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan for their work in fighting against ISIS and other extremist organizations.

A number of prominent administration members have personally visited members of the military this holiday season. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has spent the last several days visiting service members in Guantanamo Bay and also at several domestic military bases, according to IJ Review. Vice President Mike Pence also surprised troops in Afghanistan with a personal visit last week.



Season’s Beatings: Shoppers Brawl Across the Nation

Sweet Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, what’s the country coming to? Each year it gets worse than the year before — if that’s possible.

The day after (or in some cases the day of) Americans join together with family and friends take note for their blessings, they join together at retail outlets across the nation with complete strangers in a melee over cheaper stuff that would make Euro soccer fans blush.

Yesterday evening and this morning typified the growing trend in which folks camped out hours before doors opened only to find, in many cases, a black eye, handcuffs and even gunfire.

Several retail locations were closed today after violence forced local police to curb any further incidents.

Black Friday has well earned its name as human concupiscence is on display for the world to see.

Is this a cultural reality that cannot be undone? God help us.

Here’s more from The Sun…

An unidentified 19-year-old boy received life-threatening injuries after being shot in the car park of a shopping center in Columbia, Missouri, last night, according to KMIZ.

And another mall in Alabama saw violence break out yesterday, where stores were forced to close early after things descended into violence.

Footage shows women punching and kicking each other, while one allegedly threw a shoe that hit a baby.

Cops are also seen pinning several people down on the floor as they try to quell the unrest.

The news comes as millions of shoppers hit stores around the world for the busiest shopping day of the year.

People resorted to desperate measures to be the first in line to grab a bargain when shops opened.

Many US stores opened their doors for their Black Friday sales yesterday evening.

But that didn’t stop thousands queuing outside for hours, with some camping through the night to be first in line.

Some lined up as early as 3am to gobble up the best deals, like Daryl Green, 50.

He was outside the Chelsea Best Buy in New York before the sun came up — and 14 hours before its doors were scheduled to open.

Daryl said: “I wanted to be the first one in line, I completed my mission.

“I’m not waiting in the long line back there, hell no!”

But others went even further than queuing, with some shoppers reportedly disguising themselves as staff to sneak in early.

People online were openly selling Walmart employee vests to desperate bargain-hunters.