President Trump Praises His Afghanistan Strategy in Thanksgiving Address to Troops

President Trump addressed troops from five different branches of the military in a special Thanksgiving video call on Thursday from his Mar a Lago resort.

He thanked troops for “having the tremendous courage to defend us and to defend freedom.”

Addressing troops stationed in Afghanistan, the President said: “Everybody’s talking about the progress you’ve made in the last few months since I opened it up,” referencing his decision earlier this year to send up to 4,000 more trips to the country — going against his campaign promise to scale back foreign commitments.

“We opened it up, we said, ‘Go ahead, we’re going to fight to win. We’re not fighting anymore to just walk around, we’re fighting to win.’ And you people, you’ve really turned it around in the past three to four months like nobody’s seen and they are talking about it. So thank you very much, brave, incredible fighters.”

Trump’s video message to American troops followed a tweet earlier Thanksgiving morning where he touted his administration’s accomplishments since he was elected.

“HAPPY THANKSGIVING, your Country is starting to do really well,” he tweeted. “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….!”

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….!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2017

Back in Mar a Lago, Trump reiterated his message to the troops, who were connected to him via teleconference. “We’re being talked about as an armed forces. We’re really winning. We know how to win,” Trump said. “But we have to let you win. They weren’t letting you win before. They were letting you play even. We’re letting you win.”

He also mentioned the ongoing war against terrorism, specifically messaging ISIS. The self-declared Caliphate has been pushed out of most of its key strongholds in Syria recently, though much of the fighting has been done by Kurdish forces and Syrian government forces, with Russian assistance.

“The fight against ISIS, it’s coming our way. Coming our way. Big, big difference. A lot of things have happened. They say we’ve made more progress against …read more

Source:: Time – Politics

Trump offers troops Thanksgiving message via video chat

Speaking from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida Thursday morning, President Trump offered words of gratitude and praise to the country’s troops stationed abroad.

“For each of you I know it’s hard to be away from home at this time of the year,” Trump said via video, touting — on the plus side — the “great economy” the troops will eventually return home to. “When you come back you’re going to see with the jobs and companies coming back into our country.”

“Now we’re working on tax cuts, big fat beautiful tax cuts,” he continued. “And hopefully we’ll get that and then you’re really going to see things happen.”

Before thanking the military families, Trump offered this last assurance: “We totally support you. In fact, we love you, we really do.”

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Source:: The Week – Politics

How to make America better, one Thanksgiving table at a time

Across the nation, there is trepidation of imminent holiday dinner rancor. Everyone seems agitated over their Thanksgiving family gatherings and the fierce political conversations that will inevitably ensue. We anticipate debates over President Trump, sexual misconduct, and “fake news.” No one seems to want any part of it. For some, the dread is so great, they are skipping Thanksgiving dinner altogether.

It’s difficult to blame them. Our nation is almost entirely red or blue — there is no place that is purple, no in between. Thanksgiving dinner is one of the few times all year where we break bread with those who share our blood but not our beliefs.

America’s divide reflects a deepening enmity between our two political “sides”: Pew Research Center found that both parties increasingly see each other’s policies as a threat to our national wellbeing, calling their political opposites “close-minded” or “lazy.” Generational and geographic divisions are sharpening, as are differences in media-watching and listening, cultural ideology, and religious belief.

This means that, for many families, Thanksgiving is an increasingly fraught time — because the holiday often means a mixing of red and blue, a throwing together of left and right. Is it possible, as political division and rancor grow so prevalent, to still enjoy Thanksgiving? Can we step away from the hostility and embrace peace?

In answering this question, it’s important to first consider what Thanksgiving is, and why it matters. The first Thanksgiving dinner is shrouded in myth and uncertainty. All that is certain is that the Plymouth settlers gathered with the Wampanoag tribe in the autumn of 1621 to celebrate their harvest season. But since that first gathering, Thanksgiving has taken on trappings and customs all its own. There’s a series of consumerist- and family-driven traditions we tie to the day: from parades and football games to candlelit dinners and kitchen camaraderie. For many, the day is still — at least on an abstract level — about “giving thanks.” But much of it, in practice, is about comfort: gastronomic, material, and relational.

This helps explain why family friction feels so disparate, so at odds with the rest of our expectations surrounding Thanksgiving. The feast is about making us happy, correct? About fulfilling our desires for pumpkin pie and stuffing, football and colorful parade floats?

Perhaps not. As delightful as all those things are, Thanksgiving could also be about something more. After all, the entire Thanksgiving dinner …read more

Source:: The Week – Politics