The President and Melania Trump attend Palm Beach Christmas Eve services
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived late Sunday night to attend a Christmas Eve service at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal church. The historic Palm Beach, Florida church holds a special memory for the pair since they were married there in January of 2005.
Before attending church, Trump spent Christmas Eve in Palm Beach County speaking to troops. He and Melania Trump made phone calls to families of service members and chatted with children about Christmas and visits from Santa.
Several blocks of South County Road were barricaded by police in anticipation of the arrival of the president’s motorcade. Several police cruisers and a handful of residents waited outside the church.
The first couple arrived at the church’s south side and exited to a covered tent before being greeted by Reverend James R. Harlan, who walked them into the church. Mass was already in progress.
The church was festively decorated with candles and Christmas trees. Carols were sung by a choir and accompanied by instruments including brass, organ, and kettledrums.
Security measures such as metal detectors were set up at the church’s entrance which had a line of more than 100 individuals waiting over an hour for the service to begin.
Security details and canine units made rounds at the church in preparation.
The church’s service concluded about 12:15 a.m. It was the last item scheduled on the President’s pre-Christmas agenda.