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Trump Concludes 2019 with Tweets, Golf, Iraq, and NYE Party

President Donald Trump ended 2019 with quite a busy day that included tweeting on a variety of issues, golfing, defusing an attack on a U.S. embassy that put the country on the brink of war, and hosting a party at Mar-a-Lago.

The president began his New Year’s Eve with this tweet:

He then spent some time at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach after posting five more tweets on topics ranging from Iran’s involvement in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, to armed church-goers who stopped a gunman in Texas, to a phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin, and a trade deal with China.

Pro-vaping demonstrators assembled along the motorcade route back to Mar-a-Lago, carrying signs that read, “Don’t ban my vape” and “freedom to vape.” Trump recently announced a ban on certain kinds of flavored vapes in an effort to curb the number of teens vaping and experiencing vape-related health issues, and the protesters assembled in an attempt to have the President change his mind.

To that end, Trump told reporters before walking into his New Year’s Eve party, “The flavors will be off, they’ll be checked. We’re doing a very exhaustive examination and hopefully everything will be back on the market very shortly.”

After news broke that the American embassy in Baghdad had been breached by Iraqi Kateb Hezbollah protesters, Trump posted:

The protesters reportedly chanted anti-American slogans as they smashed glass, spray painted and set the embassy walls on fire. The attack is believed to have been in retaliation for missile strikes the U.S. conducted last weekend against Kateb Hezbollah, which Trump has blamed for killing and wounding American servicemen in Iraq recently.

The President also addressed reports that he was golfing while the embassy was under attack, saying:

When a reporter later asked Trump about his goal for the new year, First Lady Melania responded: “Peace on the world.” Trump added that he did not want to discuss his resolution because he did not want to “jinx it.”

Mr. Trump also told journalists covering the event, “You have to stay honorable. If you’re honorable, I’m going to win the election by a lot. If you’re not honorable, I’m just going to win the election by a little. So I’d rather have you be honorable, Ok?”

The President’s New Year’s Eve party was attended by many administration and campaign officials and friends, including Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Palm Beach Gardens resident Ben Carson and Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney.

Giuliani told reporters that he is willing to testify in the President’s impeachment trial, adding, “I would testify, I would do demonstrations, I’d give lectures, give summations or I’d do what I do best; I’d try the case.”

The First Family is scheduled to return to Washington, D.C. on Sunday.