WASHINGTON — In a Thanksgiving morning video-conference call with servicemembers overseas, President Donald Trump expressed his gratitude for their work, took credit for permitting them to do it and sought to assure them that they’ll discover prosperity after they return.
“We’re doing well at home. The economy is doing really great. When you come back, you are going to see with the jobs and companies coming back into our country and the stock market just hit a record high,” Trump said, analyzing from a prepared script at his Mar-a-Lago lodge in Florida. “Unemployment is the lowest it’s been in 17 years. So you’re fighting for something real, you’re fighting for something good.”
The comments were unusually political for an American president’s Thanksgiving address to troops but flawlessly in step with Trump’s penchant for making such statements to nonpolitical public servants.
On the line with Trump: the primary brigade combat group of the 82nd Airborne, that’s running in Kandahar, Afghanistan; the Direct assist group Gulf of the Marine Corps unique Operations, 2nd Marine Raider Battalion; sailors aboard the u.s.Monterey; the Air force’s 74th Expeditionary combatants Squadron on the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey; and the Coast shield forces aboard the Wrangell near Kuwait.
“As we give thanks for this holiday, I know I speak on behalf of all Americans when I say that we totally support you — in fact, we love you. We really do. We love you,” Trump said.
Turning to specific missions, Trump informed the navy squaddies in Afghanistan and the Marines within the middle East that they have been capable of acquire success because of the alternate in presidents in January.
“We’re not fighting anymore to just walk around, we’re fighting to win,” Trump advised the 82nd Airborne troops. “And you people are really, you’ve turned it around over the last three to four months like nobody’s seen, and they are talking about it.”
He sharpened his factor while talking to the Marines.
“We’re really winning. We know how to win. But we have to let you win,” Trump said. “They weren’t letting you win before. They were letting you play even. We’re letting you win.”
Trump closed with the aid of joking with the troops that he could tell the media “You’re fired!” — the line he made well-known as a truth television megastar — earlier than wishing reporters a happy Thanksgiving.
He then departed Mar-a-Lago to visit with “coasties” at a close-by Coast defend station.