President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were asked by reporters on New Year’s Eve what resolutions, if any, the two had made.
For the first lady, the answer was a typical, “peace” on earth type answer. It’s not a bad response, and considering how situations in Iraq and North Korea have rapidly changed over the course of the past week, one that wouldn’t be surprising for her husband to have responded with as well.
But Trump had an entirely different — and confusing — answer for what his resolution might be. In fact, his response was a non-answer altogether.
Saying that peace was a good response, Trump said he wasn’t going to explain what his resolution was, believing that saying it out loud could ruin it.
“I’m not sure you’re supposed to say your resolution out loud. Okay, so I don’t want to say what my resolution is, because, I think we’d jinx it, alright?” Trump said.
“Melania, what’s your New Years Resolution?”
Melania: “Peace on the world.”
*Trump immediately corrects & mansplains for her, says his resolution is amazing* pic.twitter.com/vdWB3hJbM8
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) January 1, 2020
He went on to add that his resolution, though private, was one that would benefit the nation overall.
“I can tell you, we really have a good resolution and it’s a resolution for our country,” Trump said.
The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions is one where people set goals for themselves, hoping to improve their lives in the coming year by making a series of small (or big) changes. A simple observation on social media will demonstrate that there isn’t a tradition of keeping resolutions a secret — indeed, the reporter asking the question is not a big deal, because people are encouraged to share their resolutions with friends and family members.
According to HuffPost, Trump is likely confusing the tradition of New Year’s resolutions with making a wish on one’s birthday, where some people believe if you blow out your candles and make a wish that you’re not supposed to reveal what your wish was, lest it not come true.