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story.lead_photo.caption President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, greets and hands out sandwiches to members of the U.S. Coast Guard, at the Lake Worth Inlet Station, on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Riviera Beach, Fla.

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump thanked U.S. troops for their service on Thursday, assuring them "we're really winning" against America's foes as he celebrated Thanksgiving at his private club and provided lunch for Coast Guard men and women on duty for the holiday.

Using the occasion to talk up his own leadership, Trump told military members via a video conference that they've achieved more progress in Afghanistan and against the Islamic State group under his watch than had been made in years of the previous administration,.

"We're being talked about again as an armed forces — we're really winning," he told the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, whose members are conducting operations in Kandahar, Afghanistan. "Everybody's talking about the progress you've made in the last few months since I opened it up."

Trump said: "We're not fighting anymore to just walk around, we're fighting to win." He said the Obama administration didn't allow soldiers on the ground to do their jobs.

"We're very, very proud of you," Trump said, hailing the troops as "very, very special people" to him and everyone else in the country.

Trump and his wife, Melania, provided turkey sandwiches, giant muffins, heaping baskets of fruit, chips and cookies at the Coast Guard station, where he singled out the service for its hurricane relief. "There's no brand that went up more than the Coast Guard," he said. "What a job you've done."

At the earlier video conference, Trump cleared the room of press after about 10 minutes so he could have "very confidential, personal conversations" with those on the line. Borrowing a line from his "Apprentice" days, he told the reporters "You're fired," and wished them a happy Thanksgiving, too.

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  • RBBrittain
    November 23, 2017 at 1:28 p.m.

    Who's "we"? His family? His bank account? The Russians? Definitely not us...

  • WGT
    November 23, 2017 at 7:11 p.m.

    We need to move up. Trump has lowered our standing. It is time to put Bernie Sanders in the Office. We must regain our place as the nation on the planet other nations look to for guidance. Get busy. Vote republicans out. Liberalism must reign. Liberalism shall return. We must be adult again. We shall.

  • mozarky2
    November 23, 2017 at 8:23 p.m.

    So, WGT, you want the man who sold his soul for a lake home to run again? BWAHAHAHAHA!
    Yeah, you really do need to be an adult!

  • carpenterretired
    November 23, 2017 at 9:45 p.m.

    Well Rex did say the orange one is a moron , McMasters said he is an idiot and dope ,Trump validates .

    November 23, 2017 at 10:32 p.m.

    Trump is an idiot. Sorry...thought you knew, moz.

  • mozarky2
    November 23, 2017 at 11:23 p.m.

    The U.S. military is kicking the crap out of ISIS since President Trump changed the ROE's. Instead of being supplied with American arms by BHO, they're being destroyed by U.S. troops under the leadership of President Trump.
    ARMNAR, Trump is President of the United States. Republicans control Congress. And the U.S. courts. The dem party is wandering in the wilderness. Thought you knew...
    Not really. What I do know is that you don't know s**t.

    November 23, 2017 at 11:38 p.m.

    10+ months.

    Nothing of much merit accomplished.


  • TimberTopper
    November 24, 2017 at 6:07 a.m.

    It is said that if you repeat something enough times it will finally be taken as truth. However, the numbers say that Americans believing this statement by the POTUS, are a small percentage of the American people.