Trump signs executive order giving federal employees day off on Christmas Eve

WASHINGTON (WJLA) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday night that gives federal employees the day off on Christmas Eve.

The holiday, celebrating the day before Christmas, falls on a Monday, meaning employees would have gone to work for one day before being off for the already standard federal holiday of Christmas the following day on Tuesday.

“All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Monday, December 24, 2018, the day before Christmas Day,” the order reads.

The executive order does note, however, that some employees may be required to report to work “for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need.” Agency heads also will be able to determine whether certain offices need to remain open on the holiday.

Trump is not the first president to sign an executive order giving federal employees Christmas Eve off. In 2012, President Barack Obama did the same when Christmas Eve was on a Monday. In 2014, he gave workers off when Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, was on a Friday.

President George W. Bush also gave federal employees the day off on Christmas Eve in both 2001 and 2007 when the holiday was on a Monday.

Last year, Christmas Eve was on a Sunday.

Trump’s executive order comes as the government faces a possible partial shutdown.

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