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President Trump visits West Palm Beach fire station

Posted at 5:11 PM, Dec 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-28 04:55:50-05

President Donald Trump paid a post-Christmas visit Wednesday to firefighters in West Palm Beach at Fire Station No. 2 on South Dixie Highway.

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Trump touted his legislative accomplishments, including the GOP tax bill, before the first responders stationed at West Palm Beach Fire Rescue.

“Initially you're a little bit nervous. But then as soon as you meet him, he looks at you eye-to-eye as a man and its calming," said West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Capt. Doug Greene. “They were excited to meet him. They got a chance to ask him some questions, nothing was staged or rehearsed. He took some open forum questions, and I think the guys were really impressed."

The president says the firefighters are "great people" who do "a fantastic job," and he is thanking them for their service.

Trump also said the country is "doing well," with the stock market and 401(k) retirement plans rising.

He says the United States is a "big, beautiful ship" that his administration is turning around.

Trump is spending the holidays at his private Mar-a-Lago estate and club in Florida.