President Trump predicted a “fantastic 2018” on Sunday night as he strolled down a red carpet to bid farewell to 2017 with an exclusive bash at his private club. “We’re going to have a great year,” Mr. Trump said, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump and son Barron.
Mr. Trump spoke to reporters as he entered the gilded ballroom at Mar-a-Lago. He said the stock market will continue to rise and that companies are going to continue to come into the U.S.
“We’re going to have a fantastic 2018,” he told the press pool, before inviting them to “come on inside” the exclusive party.
Asked for his reaction to North Korea leaderabout having a nuclear button on his desk, Mr. Trump responded by saying, “We’ll see.”
Guests gathered in the ballroom included senior White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Donald Trump Jr. posted a picture from the party.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Trump capped 2017 with a video self-tribute touching on what he sees as the high points of his achievements and rhetoric from his first year in office. He gave a plug to American exceptionalism, too.
In the video running 3½ minutes, scenes of Mr. Trump with military personnel, Border Patrol agents and other world leaders are set to a stirring soundtrack as he declares of his country: “We gave birth to the modern world and we will shape tomorrow’s world with the strength and skill of American hands.”
Mr. Trump cited his success in placing a justice on the Supreme Court, his efforts to cut regulations and his big win on overhauling taxes, which he falsely described as the “largest tax cut in the history of our country.”
Mr. Trump offered the video with a New Year’s Eve message: “What a year it’s been, and we’re just getting started. Together, we are MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! Happy New Year!!”
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SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press