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President Trump signs order to close federal government offices on Christmas Eve

Posted at 10:56 AM, Dec 19, 2018
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President Donald Trump speaks during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON – President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that excuses all nonessential personnel from work next Monday.

A statement from the White House excused all executive departments and agencies of the federal government from work on Christmas Eve. However, the order does allow for the heads of executive departments and agencies to leave certain offices open due to national security, defense or “other public need.”

It’s not unusual for presidents to issue the orders. President Bush and President Obama both signed similar executive orders excusing federal workers on days surrounding the holiday in 2001, 2007, 2012 and in 2014.