In message to troops, Trump claims 'win' in Afghanistan

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President Donald Trump has given a bullish Thanksgiving address to troops overseas, hailing progress in Afghanistan and against ISIS, and telling them they were fighting for "something real", including a stock market at record highs and his promised "big, attractive fat tax cuts".

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. "[Enthusiasm] never wanes. ... we're here to show love" and support for Trump". "We're not fighting any more to just walk around, we are fighting to win". "Unemployment is the lowest its been in 17 years".

Turning to the 74th Expeditionary Fighters Squadron based at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, Trump suggested the Obama administration hadn't allowed soldiers on the ground to do their jobs.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Trump took it upon himself to spread his message of how well he thinks the country is doing to others. "We're fighting to win", the president said.

He said of the situation in Afghanistan that: "Everybody's talking about the progress you've made in the last few months since I opened it up". "We also offer a special word of thanks for the fearless men and women of our Armed Forces, many of whom must celebrate this holiday separated from the ones for whom they are most thankful". You weren't winning before. They were letting you play even. "They weren't letting you win before".

Mar-A-Lago ranks as his second-most visited property, and he has also spent 23 days this year at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

Both Drumstick and Wishbone, who lost the 2017 race for National Thanksgiving Turkey but was still spared from the oven, have moved into an enclosure called Gobbler's Rest at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, where they will be cared for by the school's Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences.

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