President Trump celebrated the end of the 2017 at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla, with first lady Melania Trump and son Baron, before kicking off 2018 with angry tweets about Iran and Pakistan.
Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
Though It wasn't immediately clear what prompted the tweets about Pakistan, President Trump reiterated his support for anti-government protesters in Iran, which have since turned violent early Monday as armed protesters attempted to take over police stations and military bases.
The 45th-commander-in-chief predicted a "tremendous year" for 2018, saying the stock market will continue to rise and that companies will come to the U.S. at "a rapid clip." He also touted his 2017 accomplishments, including the recent tax reform, opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, and repealing the individual mandate from the national health care law.
When asked about his reaction to North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un's annual New Years speech, in which he said he had a nuclear button on his desk, Trump responded, "We'll see."
Among others in attendance at the Mar-a-Lago party 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 first family is expected to depart Florida at 4 p.m. Monday.
Will be leaving Florida for Washington (D.C.) today at 4:00 P.M. Much work to be done, but it will be a great New Year!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
The Associated Press contributed to this report.