Trump Praises Coast Guard on Thanksgiving Visit

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President Donald Trump thanked USA 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.

"They say we've made more progress against ISIS than they did in years of the previous administration, and that's because I'm letting you do your job", Trump said, in a video call to branches of the USA armed forces. "We also offer a special word of thanks for the courageous men and women of our Armed Forces, many of whom must celebrate this holiday separated from the ones for whom they are most thankful".

"This Thanksgiving, in addition to rejoicing in precious time spent with loved ones, let us find ways to serve and encourage each other in both word and deed", Trump's proclamation said. You weren't winning before.

"They weren't letting you win before; they were letting you break even".

"They say we've made more progress against ISIS than they did in years of the previous administration", he said. "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. Borrowing a line from his "Apprentice" days, he told the reporters "You're fired", then wished them a happy Thanksgiving, too. "Instead of the neutral and negative reports".

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Speaking in a live video teleconference from Palm Beach, Florida, with military personnel serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, Trump told them they were "very, very special people".

"You saved 16,000 lives".

"When I hear phrases like 'Putin plays chess, Obama plays checkers, ' or moreover, 'Trump plays chess, ' I feel I have my duty to defend the game that I have been playing for decades", Kasparov said on Politico's Office Message podcast. He noted that "there is no brand that went up like the Coast Guard" during the hurricanes in Texas, the Gulf Coast and Puerto Rico.

The meal marks a departure from the five-course meal President Donald Trump and family enjoyed a year ago - complete with an 18-dish main course and a choice of eight desserts.

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