President Trump issued his 2018 “Presidential Message on Kwanzaa” three days ago. Here it is:
Presidential Message on Kwanzaa
Melania and I send our greetings to all those observing Kwanzaa.
This annual celebration of African heritage, unity, and culture is a special opportunity for many to reflect on their shared ancestry and values. At this time, our Nation joins in honoring the important contributions of African Americans to the strength and success of the United States.
As families, friends, and communities gather this week to light the Kinara, we join in sending our best wishes for good health and happiness in the New Year.
However, the 2018 message happens to be longer that Trump’s 2017 message by 25 words. Take a read of the 2017 version:
Today marks the first day of Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration of African American heritage and culture. Together, let us celebrate during this joyous time the richness of the past and look with hope toward a brighter future.
As families and friends join to light the Kinara, Melania and I extend our warmest wishes for a joyful holiday season and a prosperous year to come.
The main difference is the 2018 version takes care to mention the “important contributions of African Americans to the strength and success of the United States,” whereas the 2017 version just marks the week and that it’s a “celebration of African American heritage and culture.”