Donald Trump takes credit for people saying 'Merry Christmas'

US President Donald Trump.
US President Donald Trump. Photo credit: Reuters

US President Donald Trump has proudly taken credit for people saying "Merry Christmas" this festive season.

In a tweet published on Christmas Eve (local time), he claimed people were "proud" to be saying the popular phrase "again".

"I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase," he tweeted.

"MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!"

Mr Trump has lambasted what he has called the "War on Christmas", claiming there's an assault on the term in favour of the phrase "Happy Holidays".

"We're getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don't talk about any more, they don't use the word Christmas because it is not politically correct," he claimed while speaking at a conference in October.

"Well, guess what? We're saying 'Merry Christmas' again."

Earlier this month, Mr Trump's daughter Ivanka was caught online perpetuating the 'War on Christmas'.

"Happy Holidays!" she tweeted on December 12.

There was a mixed response to Mr Trump's latest tweet, with some praising him for his good work - but others weren't so impressed.

"That was never a thing," one person tweeted back to the world leader.

Newshub.