We're really winning. We know how to win.
"So you're fighting for something real, you're fighting for something good", he told the service members. "Nobody knows that", Trump said.
The president spent Thanksgiving Day at Mar-A-Lago - the resort he owns in Palm Beach, Florida - which marks the 100th day he's logged at one of his own properties, reported The Hill.
Speaking to the attendees, Trump called meeting with the troops an "honor" and thanked the Coast Guard for the work they did saving stranded people in the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico this year. "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. "And that's because I'm letting you do your job".
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While there he boasted that the Air Force was "ordering a lot of planes, in particular the F-35 fighter jet, which is, you know, nearly like an invisible fighter", according to a pool report.
Trump again took a dig at reporters toward the end of his speech, noting that he was "surrounded by reporters and press", and wanted to ask them to leave so he could have a "very confidential" conversation.
The Navy, I can tell you, we're ordering ships, with the Air Force I can tell you we're ordering a lot of planes, in particular the F-35 fighter jet, which is like nearly like an invisible fighter. They were letting you play even.
"They say we've made more progress against ISIS than they did in years of the previous administration", he said. I said but in a fight. How good is this?
The F-35 isn't actually invisible, but it's created to evade detection by radar and other sensors.
During his recent trip to Asia, Trump repeatedly talked up the quality of USA military equipment and encouraged countries including Japan and South Korea to purchase much more of it, both to defend themselves and boost US manufacturers.