An invitation sent to White House reporters Thursday invites them to a “holiday reception” at the White House, despite President Trump’s repeated promises to buck political correctness and make “Merry Christmas” in vogue again.
While the body of the email invites reporters to the “White House Christmas Reception” and the subject line of the email also states “White House Christmas Reception," the invitation itself states “the President and Mrs. Trump request the pleasure of your company at a Holiday Reception to be held at the White House.” The invitation accompanies the email.
Reporters are notified an “engraved invitation” for the reception would also arrive by mail.
While on the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly promised voters it would once again be acceptable to say “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays,” a phrase Trump attributed to political correctness.
During a speech at the Values Voters Summit in October, the president again praised his bucking of political correctness.
“Something I said so much during the last two years, but I’ll say it again, as we approach the end of the year, you know we’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don’t talk about anymore," Trump said.
"They don’t use the word Christmas because it’s not politically correct. You go to department stores, and they’ll say ‘Happy New Year,’ and they’ll say other things. It’ll be red. They’ll have it painted. Well, guess what? We’re saying Merry Christmas again.”