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Trump praises troops, touts tax plan in Thanksgiving address to military

by JONATHAN ALLEN

WASHINGTON — In a Thanksgiving morning video-conference call with servicemembers overseas, President Donald Trump expressed his gratitude for their work, took credit for allowing them to do it and sought to assure them that they'll find prosperity when they return. 

"We’re doing well at home. The economy is doing really great. When you come back, you are going to see with the jobs and companies coming back into our country and the stock market just hit a record high," Trump said, reading from a prepared script at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. "Unemployment is the lowest it’s been in 17 years. So you’re fighting for something real, you’re fighting for something good." 

The remarks were unusually political for an American president's Thanksgiving address to troops but perfectly in line with Trump's penchant for making such statements to nonpolitical public servants.