Trump wishes the media a happy Thanksgiving, tells them: 'You're fired'

25 November, 2017, 01:40 | Author: Kim Reid
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Donald Tump's Thanksgiving Day gratitude message to US troops overseas took a decidedly political slant Thursday as he ticked off military successes he attributed to himself, and referred to his "big, fat, handsome tax cuts".

Trump tells members of a Coast Guard station in Florida, "I always say, make ours a little bit better".

He says: Jobs are "coming back, highest Stock Market EVER, Military getting really strong, we will build the WALL, V.A. taking care of our Vets, great Supreme Court Justice, RECORD CUT IN REGS, lowest unemployment in 17 years.!"

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In the Thanksgiving teleconference, Trump told members of the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Afghanistan, "Everybody is talking about the progress you've made in Afghanistan since I opened it up, and you've turned it around in the last three-to-five months like nobody has seen". We said, 'Go ahead; we're going to fight to win.' We're not fighting anymore to just walk around. I hear so many good things about you Toby. You weren't winning before. Everybody in this country is watching and they are seeing positive reports for a change. "It's an honor to speak with you all, to give God thanks for the blessing of freedom, heroes, tremendous courage".

Trump is telling followers in an early-morning holiday tweet that, "your Country is starting to do really well".

After the video call, Trump traveled to a Coast Guard base near Mar-a-Lago to hand out sandwiches and congratulate the service for improving its "brand".

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Trump praised the superiority of USA military equipment, too, yet said he tries to make sure that equipment the US sells overseas - even to allies - is not quite as good as that kept at home. "We really do. We love you", Trump said. "An ally can turn".

The president has spent 39 days at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey, according to the New York Times, which is the most at any of the properties he owns.

The event lasted just under 10 minutes. The First Lady jumped in to tell the group: "Happy Thanksgiving!"

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On the Trumps' own Thanksgiving menu for family and friends at Mar-a-Lago: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, red snapper, Florida stone crab, baked goods, local produce and cheeses, and a selection of cakes and pies for dessert.

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