President Donald Trump predicted a “fantastic 2018” on Sunday night:
He strolled down a red carpet to bid farewell to 2017 with an exclusive bash at his private club.
Accompanied by first lady Melania Trump and son Barron, a tuxedoed Trump spoke to reporters as he entered the gilded ballroom at Mar-a-Lago. Melania Trump wore a gorgeous floral dress by designer Erdem Moralioglu.
President Trump predicted the stock market will continue to rise and that companies are going to continue to come into the U.S.
Asked for his reaction to North Korea leader Kim Jon Un’s remarks about having a nuclear button on his desk, Trump responded by saying, “We’ll see.”
Guests gathered in the ballroom included senior White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Trump’s sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
The official menu for the evening included a first course of Trump’s iceberg wedge salad with Roquefort, grape tomatoes, bacon, red onion and assorted dinner rolls.
The second course was Maine lobster ravioli with fennel mousseline, olive, citrus verjus sauce, Fox White House Producer Fin Gomez explained of the menu.
For the entree, the Trump’s served sliced tenderloin and pan seared sea bass with taro root puree, morel mushrooms, roasted heirloom carrots, sweet cherries and burgundy jus.
LARA AND ERIC TRUMP:
IVANKA AND JARED WITH ARABELLA AND JOSEPH:
Earlier in the day, Trump capped 2017 with a video self-tribute touching on what he sees as the high points of his achievements from his first year in office. He gave a plug to American exceptionalism, too.
In the video running 3½ minutes, scenes of 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.”
Trump cited his success in placing a justice on the Supreme Court, his efforts to cut regulations and his big win on overhauling taxes.
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!!”
He later offered another Twitter message:
“As our Country rapidly grows stronger and smarter, I want to wish all of my friends, supporters, enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media, a Happy and Healthy New Year. 2018 will be a great year for America!”