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Trump can't help himself. He has to use an address to the troops at Thanksgiving to praise himself.

In a Thanksgiving morning video-conference call with servicemembers overseas, President Donald Trump expressed his gratitude for their work, took credit for allowing them to do it and sought to assure them that they'll find prosperity when they return.

"We’re doing well at home. The economy is doing really great. When you come back, you are going to see with the jobs and companies coming back into our country and the stock market just hit a record high," Trump said, reading from a prepared script at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. "Unemployment is the lowest it’s been in 17 years. So you’re fighting for something real, you’re fighting for something good."

The remarks were unusually political for an American president's Thanksgiving address to troops but perfectly in line with Trump's penchant for making such statements to nonpolitical public servants.

On the line with Trump: The first brigade combat team of the 82nd Airborne, which is operating in Kandahar, Afghanistan; the Direct Support Team Gulf of the Marine Corps Special Operations, 2nd Marine Raider Battalion; sailors aboard the USS Monterey; the Air Force's 74th Expeditionary Fighters Squadron at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey; and the Coast Guard forces aboard the Wrangell near Kuwait.

"As we give thanks for this holiday, I know I speak on behalf of all Americans when I say that we totally support you — in fact, we love you. We really do. We love you," Trump said.

Turning to specific missions, Trump told the Army soldiers in Afghanistan and the Marines in the Middle East that they've been able to achieve success because of the change in presidents in January.

"We’re not fighting anymore to just walk around, we’re fighting to win," Trump told the 82nd Airborne troops. "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."

He sharpened his point when talking to the Marines.

"We’re really winning. We know how to win. But we have to let you win," Trump said. "They weren’t letting you win before. They were letting you play even. We’re letting you win."

Trump closed by joking with the troops that he would tell the media "You're fired!" — the line he made famous as a reality TV star — before wishing reporters a happy Thanksgiving.

He then departed Mar-a-Lago to visit with "coasties" at a nearby Coast Guard station.

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Trump to troops: 'We're really winning' since I took office
Trump to troops: We're 'winning' since I took office

He told the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, whose members are conducting operations in Kandahar, Afghanistan: "Everybody’s talking about the progress you’ve made in the last few months since I opened it up."

Trump added: "We’re not fighting anymore to just walk around, we’re fighting to win.” He said the Obama administration didn’t allow soldiers on the ground to do their jobs.

"You’re very, very special people," he said. "You’re fighting for something real, you’re fighting for something good."

In an early-morning holiday tweet, Trump gave his administration high marks. "HAPPY THANKSGIVING, your Country is starting to do really well. Jobs 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….!”

In his address to troops, he said the U.S. military was inflicting "defeat after defeat" on the Islamic State group. "They weren’t letting you win before; they were letting you break even. ... They weren’t letting you win,” he said, referring to Obama's administration.

Trump also told the troops that he’s working on "big, fat, beautiful tax cuts."

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What a child you people elected. Seriously, A time when you are supposed to bring people together and he uses it for a campaign address. Sick fuq.
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Some people seriously need to take an aspirin for their hurt butts.
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Trump's Thanksgiving Call to Troops Was 'Insulting,' Retired Lieutenant General Says

President Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving video teleconference call with U.S. troops in which he gave himself credit for allowing them to win was “somewhat insulting,” a retired lieutenant general said.

In a Thursday morning call from his Mar-a-Lago resort, Trump told Marines serving in Iraq that their “delivering defeat after defeat to ISIS” was being talked about in Washington, D.C.

“We’re really winning. We know how to win, but we have to let you win. They weren’t letting you win before, they were letting you play even,” Trump said. “We’re letting you win.”

Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, took issue with Trump’s comments and aired his discontent shortly after on CNN, where he serves as a military analyst.

“We have been winning,” Hertling said. “You’re talking to soldiers and military personnel around the world who have been in this fight for 17 years, and to suddenly be told they’re winning now when they weren’t winning before is somewhat insulting.”

Hertling said he was thankful that Trump took the time to address soldiers, but that he had seen presidents past make larger gestures in the eight times he was deployed. While serving in Baghdad in 2003, Hertling recalled then-President George W. Bush making a surprise visit to have a Thanksgiving dinner with U.S. officials and serve turkey to troops.

“So all presidents have different styles. One is being there showing people that they’re there. One might be through a video teleconference and going to a local coast guard station,” Hertling said. “I know which one I like.”

The veteran added that from his experience, troops are not as interested in the stock market hitting a record and a good job economy—which Trump touted on the call—as they are in knowing that what they’re fighting for and their oath to protect the U.S. Constitution are valued.

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