From his private Florida club Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump addressed U.S. troops on Thanksgiving day. He spoke about their recent success overseas saying “we’re really winning” in the fight against ISIS and in Afghanistan.
“Today we give thanks for all the pilgrims, pioneers, and patriots who have gone before us,” he said. “And for all those warriors who have kept us safe and free.”
The president said “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 U.S. armed forces.
The call (through a computer/phone/monitor was overseas to the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan, the 2nd Marine Raider Batallion in Iraq, the 5th Fleet aboard the USS Monterey, the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in Turkey and the Coast Guard at the Kuwait Navy Base.
The President of the United States (POTUS) had announced back in August that he would be deploying about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, which would put the U.S. force there at about 12,500. Pointing to the move on Thursday, saying “everybody is talking” about the progress that’s been made in the time since.
POTUS went on to say “We opened it up. We said go ahead, we’re going to fight to win. We’re not fighting anymore to just walk around. We’re fighting to win,”.
He also stated that “And you people are really — you’ve turned it around over the last three to four months like nobody has seen.”
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