President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump kicked off their Thanksgiving celebration by visiting a Coast Guard station in Riviera Beach, Fla., on Thursday, the AP reports. Trump praised the Coast Guard for its work in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and said, "There's no brand that went up more than the Coast Guard." He added, "What a job you've done." The first couple provided lunch—including turkey sandwiches, giant muffins, heaping baskets of fruit, chips, and cookies—for the men and women spending Thanksgiving at the station near Trump's Mar-a-Lago club. Earlier that morning, President Trump told members of the military across the globe they're winning big under his watch. Trump noted in a teleconference that more progress has been made in recent months in Afghanistan and in fighting ISIS than in years of the previous administration.
After expressing his gratitude and calling the troops "very, very special people," Trump 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." Trump accused the previous administration of not allowing soldiers on the ground to do their jobs. But he said that now "we're not fighting anymore to just walk around, we're fighting to win. ... We're really winning." Before, he said, "they weren't letting you win." As for the rest of the US, Trump told followers in an early-morning tweet that "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....!" Trump will spend the rest of the holiday at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.