President Donald Trump said he’s thankful for himself and the difference he made in this country along with his family.
Asked on Thanksgiving Day to reflect on what he’s ‘most thankful for,’ the president responded: ‘For having a great family and for having made a tremendous difference in this country.’
‘I made a tremendous difference in the country,’ he added. ‘This country so much stronger now than it was when I took office that you won’t believe it. And I mean, you see it, but so much stronger that people can’t even believe it.
Trump spent his Thanksgiving Day speaking on the phone with U.S. soldiers, visiting a local Coast Guard station and then heading to his Trump International Golf course.
President Trump brought sandwiches to a Coast guard crew
He joked the sandwiches would make you gain 5 pounds
President Donald Trump is presented with a challenge coin
The president started his morning speaking to various troops for about 25 minutes, talking with an Air Force Unit in Afghanistan, Marines in Kuwait, and Army soldiers in Afghanistan.
He took questions from the press afterward.
Then he delivered a tray of giant sandwiches to a Coast Guard troops in Florida on Thanksgiving Day and warned them to watch out as they could gain ‘five pounds’ from one.
There was no sign of first lady Melania Trump at the president’s stop at the Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach, Florida.
She had joined him last year in the sandwich delivery.
The president noted he’d come to the same station last year but added he hoped the food was better this year.
‘You gain about five pounds when you eat one of those,’ he said of the giant submarine sandwiches.
He offered to take questions from the troops but no one asked.
He wished the crowd a ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ and praised Coast Guard members for their work in hurricane responses, saying they had saved thousands of lives since he became president.
He also shook hands and met with kitchen staff.
Trump complimented the Coast Guard on their work on the hurricanes
He shook hands and offered to take questions
Trump had a script on paper in front of him when he spoke to U.S. troops on the phone from Mar-A-Lago
‘If you were doing a brand, they would say this is one of the great brand increases,’ he said, in one of his favorite compliments.
‘Nobody has gone up more than the Coast Guard,’ he said.
He joked with several of the officers and even did a fake arm wrestling move with one of them.
And he invited all of them to Mar-a-Lao and said they could play a round of golf. The president even offered a bet.
‘Anybody that wants to go, you go,’ he said, inviting them to Mar-a-Lago.
Last year the first lady joined President Trump in delivering sandwiches
Trump visited the same Coast Guard station alone this year that he and the first lady visited last year
Melania Trump did join the president when he flew to Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday
‘If you break par, I’ll give you $100,’ he said.
Melania Trump did join the president when he flew to Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday. She and son Barron, who hasn’t been spotted in public since August, flew on Air Force One with the president to his Florida estate.
Melania Trump also attended the annual turkey pardoning earlier Tuesday.
Trump went to his golf course after visiting the troops.