In Thanksgiving message, Trump hails military gains and 'big, beautiful, fat tax cuts'

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump gave a bullish Thanksgiving address to troops overseas on Thursday, 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, beautiful fat tax cuts.”

Speaking in a live video teleconference from Palm Beach, Florida, with military personnel serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, Trump told them they were "very, very special people."

TAHe called troops in Afghanistan "brave, incredible fighters" who had "turned it around" in the past three to four months.

"We opened it up; we said go ahead, we're going to fight to win," he said. "We're not fighting any more to just walk around, we are fighting to win."

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump (C), first lady Melania Trump, their son Barron, National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family and members of the Draper County, Minnesota, 4-H chapater pose for photographs after Trump pardoned, Drumstick, the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump, center, applauds after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, next to U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, right, and son Barron Trump, second right, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Barron Trump joins his father U.S. President Donald Trump as he makes remarks before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks after he pardoned the turkey, Drumstick, as First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Barron look on during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump, center, waves after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, next to son Barron Trump, second right, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner (L) holds his son Joseph as Ivanka Trump (C) adjusts her daughter Arabella's (L) coat during the pardoning of Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (C) looks on as Tiffany Trump kisses brother in law and Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner (3rd L) as they sit with Trump's grandchildren Arabella (2nd L) and son Joseph (C) during the pardoning of Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, right, and son Barron Trump, left, listen before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Barron Trump joins his father U.S. President Donald Trump as he makes remarks before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks with his son Barron Trump and first lady Melania Trump before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump's daughters Tiffany Trump (L) and Ivanka Trump embrace before the pardoning ceremony for the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed raised by National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg in Minnesota, will reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, right, and Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, attend a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, left, talks to Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, before a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US President Donald Trump speaks as First Lady Ivanka Trump looks on before a turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks as his son Barron looks on before a turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her children, Arabella and Joseph Kushner, take a close look at 'Drumstick,' the National Thanksgiving Turkey before his pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed raised by National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg in Minnesota, will reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany Trump (C) looks on with Ivanka Trump's daughter Arabella Rose Kushner at the turkey Drumstick, after the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump claps after he pardoned the turkey, Drumstick, as First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Barron look on during the pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump pets the turkey, Drumstick, after the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany Trump (C) pets the turkey, Drumstick, as Ivanka Trump (R) and her daughter Arabella Rose Kushner look on after the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Tiffany Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump and Sharlene Wittenburg (L) look at 'Drumstick,' the National Thanksgiving Turkey following his pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump (C), first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron participate in a ceremony to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks as he pardons the turkey, Drumstick, as his son Barron (R) looks on during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron applaud after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron applaud after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump claps after giving a pardon to the turkey, Drumstick, during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump (C), first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron participate in a ceremony to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump waves after he pardoned the turkey, Drumstick, as First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Barron look on during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Staff from the National Turkey Federation jump in to calm "Drumstick" the turkey as it flaps its wings causing U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany (R) to jump away after it was pardoned by the president during the 70th National Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Trump said the Marines were inflicting "defeat after defeat" on Islamic State, and again credited his change of approach compared to that of the Obama administration.

"They weren't letting you win before; they were letting you break even. ... They weren't letting you win," he said.

Trump told the troops they could look forward at home to the benefits of "big, beautiful fat tax cuts," a stock market at record highs, jobs and economic growth.

"We're doing well at home, the economy is doing great,” Trump said. “You're fighting for something real, you’re fighting for something good."

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump's daughters Tiffany Trump (L) and Ivanka Trump and her daughter Arabella Kushner leave the Rose Garden after the pardoning ceremony for the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed raised by National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg in Minnesota, will reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump's daughters Tiffany Trump (L) and Ivanka Trump and her daughter Arabella Kushner leave the Rose Garden after the pardoning ceremony for the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed raised by National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg in Minnesota, will reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump's daughters Tiffany Trump (L) and Ivanka Trump embrace before the pardoning ceremony for the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed raised by National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg in Minnesota, will reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany Trump (C) looks on with Ivanka Trump's daughter Arabella Rose Kushner at the turkey Drumstick, after the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany Trump (C) pets the turkey, Drumstick, as Ivanka Trump (R) and her daughter Arabella Rose Kushner look on after the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Tiffany Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump and Sharlene Wittenburg (L) look at 'Drumstick,' the National Thanksgiving Turkey following his pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (R) holds her daughter Arabella Kushner's hand as she walk with sister Tiffany Trump (L) after viewing the pardoned Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (L) holds her daughter Arabella Kushner's hand as Tiffany Trump (C) and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders (R) walk up to see the pardoned Thanksgiving turkey, Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany (R) reacts as pardoned Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick ruffles his feathers in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. first lady Melania Trump waves goodbye as she and her son, Barron Trump leave following the pardoning ceremony of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. first lady Melania Trump attends the pardoning ceremony for the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed raised by National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg in Minnesota, will reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump with his son Barron (L) speaks alongside First Lady Melania Trump before pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron applaud after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump waves after he pardoned the turkey, Drumstick, as First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Barron look on during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady Melania Trump (C) waves after US President Donald Trump (R) pardoned the Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Trump took one of his trademark swipes at the news media as he spoke from a lavishly decorated room at his Mar-a-Lago resort, telling the military personnel he was addressing that journalists were in the room, and adding:

"Better me than you; believe me fellas, better me than you."

Later, Trump and his wife, Melania, handed out sandwiches and shook hands at a Coast Guard station in nearby Riviera Beach and told personnel his administration was building up wealth so it could protect the country through military acquisitions.

Talking about his plans for boosting military spending, he said contractors saved the best equipment for U.S. troops. “When we sell to other countries - you never know about an ally - an ally can turn,” he said.

Trump said he had told the troops overseas the country was "doing great," thanks to his cuts in "regulation and all the waste and all the abuse."

"I told them ... you folks are fighting so hard and working so hard, and it's nice that you're working for something that's really starting to work."

While optimism about a major tax overhaul has helped push the U.S. stock market up for most of this year, Trump is still seeking his first major legislative win after almost a year in office.

According to a majority of economists in a recent Reuters poll, U.S. Republicans are not expected to push the tax cuts through Congress this year. Economists are also skeptical that the legislation would provide a significant boost to the economy.

 

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Roberta Rampton; Editing by David Chance and Jonathan Oatis)

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