Over the last three years President Donald Trump has been in office, plenty of his left-leaning detractors have likened him to Scrooge around the holiday seasons.
But this Christmas, Trump is giving back — a lot.
On Wednesday, the president issued a brand new executive order for all federal employees, allowing them an entire extra day off for Christmas Eve.
“All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, the day before Christmas Day,” Trump wrote.
Sometimes, American presidents give federal workers an extra half-day or an extra day when Christmas falls on a Tuesday. But it is unprecedented for the president to give workers an entire day off when Christmas falling on a Wednesday.
President Obama opted to keep the government open the last time that Christmas Day fell on a Wednesday in 2013. An official at the time defended Obama’s decision, noting that the government remained open for “six of the last nine times since 1946” that Christmas Day was on a Wednesday.
When the holiday season rolls around, Trump often talks about how more people need to be saying “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.”
“One Nation Under God. So important. And we say it. A lot of people, you know, they don’t say it. But you know what? They’re starting to say it more, just like we’re starting to say ‘Merry Christmas’ when that day comes around,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden last year.
“You notice a big difference between now and two or three years ago?” Trump added. “It was going in the other direction rapidly. Now it’s straight up.”
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