Press secretary Sarah Sanders also dismissed what she called "ridiculous questions" about Trump's health after he seemed to slur some words in a speech a day earlier. But according to a spokeswoman for the first lady, the White House made a decision to go with a more intimate approach this year -inviting 300 attendees to celebrate the season.
"The president's throat was dry, nothing more than that", Sanders said.
Towards the end of his announcement that the United States would recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Mr Trump appeared to stumble over several words. Speculation has ranged from a dental or denture emergency to more serious concerns like a stroke.
It's hardly outrageous to think some will have questions about Trump's health given the circumstances. "The full physical that most presidents go through that will take at Walter Reed (National Military Medical Center) and those records will be released by the doctor following that taking place". His personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, wrote a letter declaring that Trump "will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency". President George W. Bush's was first released August 4, 2001.
Trump's health has also come back into the fore in recent days because of a book written by Corey Lewandowski, in which his former campaign manager describes Trump's fast food-fueled diet.
"Well, I know for a fact there are a lot of happy people in this room", he told the dozens of people in attendance Thursday night. "You do have faith and you do have resilience", Trump said.
And Obama was diagnosed with acid reflux - heartburn, the classic Type-A health issue - and has in the past suffered from Vitamin D deficiency, which can result from getting insufficient exposure to the sun.