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Trump credits troops, and himself, for military advances

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

 

Using the occasion to pat himself on the back, Trump told deployed 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.

 

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

 

Speaking from a gilded room at his Mar-a-Lago club, Trump said: "We're not fighting anymore to just walk around, we're fighting to win, 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, so thank you very much."