President Donald Trump began Thanksgiving Day with a message thanking US troops for their service and achievements while criticizing the approaches of administrations prior to the Iraq war.
After sending two early morning tweets praising his own administration, Trump addressed troops stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, Bahrain and the USS Monterey from a room at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida where, according to a group report, you could see the club members sitting outside at a table.
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"HAPPY THANKSGIVING, your country is starting to do very well, jobs are coming back, the stock market is higher NEVER, the military is really strong, we will build the MURO, VA taking care of to our veterinarians, great Supreme Court judge, RECORD CUT REGS, the lowest unemployment in 17 years …! "Trump tweeted on Thursday early. He continued with "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"
In the address that lasted less than eight minutes, the president told the troops: "They are very, very special people … It does not become more special", saying that now they are allowed to do things that other administrations they would not allow them, especially in Iraq.
"We're really winning, we know how to win," said Trump, noting that previous administrations "did not let you win before [in Iraq.] They even let you play.
Without naming his predecessors, Trump referred to the roles of President George W. Bush and the administrations of President Barack Obama in the protracted conflict, which officially began in 2003. The US mission formally ended in December 2011. In June 2014, the troops were sent back to the country to start fighting against ISIS.
"They say we've made more progress against ISIS than they did in years of the previous administration, and that's because I let you do your job," Trump told Lt. Col. Greg Warsh, stationed at an Air Force base. in Turkey. "You are doing more than 1,000 missions in the skies of Iraq and Syria in the last four months, we are very, very proud of you, and believe me, everyone in this country is watching and watching, and they are seeing positive reports for a change in Instead of neutral and negative reports, everything is positive. "
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, your country is starting to be very good. The jobs are back, the highest stock exchange of all time, the military becomes really strong, we will build the WALL, V.A. taking care of our veterinarians, great judge of the Supreme Court, RECORD CUT IN REGS, the lowest unemployment in 17 years ….!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2017
The president rarely commented publicly on US activity in Iraq. In March, he told a group of senators, "our soldiers [in Iraq] are fighting like never before." He made headlines shortly after his inauguration when he said in an interview with CNN that the United States "should have kept oil" in Iraq, saying that if that had happened, "we would not have ISIS."
A recent investigation in The New York Times magazine revealed that US air strikes. UU in Iraq they have killed many more civilians than the coalition recognized, a subject that the president has not commented on.
The president has been scrutinized for his response to the latest in a series of accidents involving the seventh fleet of the US Navy. UU in Japan. On Wednesday, when a Navy plane carrying 11 crew and pbadengers crashed into the Philippine Sea, eight people were rescued so far. Efforts are underway to find the remaining three.
Towards the end of the observations of his videoconference, Trump threw a plug to the tax reform, saying he is working on "big, fat and beautiful tax cuts". He added that the economy in the home "is very good … Then you are fighting for something real, you are fighting for something good, a lot has happened with our country in the last period of time, and they are really good, they are really good "
Trump ended with praise for the families of the military, saying that they missed and loved the troops, and that "they support it because they love our country and because they love you." … Believe me, I know a lot about military families. "
Later, Trump visited Lake Worth Inlet Coast Guard Station to serve food in a dining room." If you saw it as a brand, "Trump said of the Guard. Coastal, "there is not a brand that rose more than the Coast Guard, with what happened in Texas." Referring to the impact of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Trump praised the group for having saved some 16,000 lives.
The president again applauded the stock market, noting the prospects of the 401k of the Coast Guard members and the increases in military spending. "We are ordering huge amounts of new equipment: we are in $ 700 billion for the army. And, you know, they were reducing for years. They just kept cutting, cutting, cutting the army. "
After asking if the audience has any questions, no one answered," I love it when you do not. Look, that means you're doing fine. I love that. That's the best. "
" The press, I know, has no questions. If you do, we will not take them, but that's fine. "