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Trump says he’s the reason troops are ‘really winning’ on Thanksgiving call

Trump told Troops, 'I'm letting you do your job.'


Samantha Grasso


Published Nov 23, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 10:13 am CDT

Speaking to U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places in the Middle East as part of his holiday celebration, President Donald Trump said “we’re really winning,” because “I’m letting you do your job.”

In a video call from Mar-a-Lago, where Trump is spending Thanksgiving, the president spoke to all military branches, according to the Washington Post: the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan, the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion in Iraq, the 5th Fleet aboard the USS Monterey, the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in Incirlik, Turkey, and the Coast Guard aboard the USCG Wrangell at the Kuwait Navy Base.

Trump spoke about the progress in Afghanistan, where more U.S. forces are training local infantry against the Taliban, and said efforts against the Islamic State are “coming our way” as the group has lost remaining strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

Trump continued to speak about the “brave, incredible fighters,” saying they have been able to get more done under his administration than preceding presidents. He also bragged about the economy (it’s “doing great”) as well as the “big, fat, beautiful tax cuts” to be seen under Senate Republican tax plan.

“You’re fighting for something real. You’re fighting for something good,” Trump said.

H/T the Washington Post

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*First Published: Nov 23, 2017, 1:12 pm CST