Pres. Trump wishes Americans a Happy Thanksgiving

President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, greets and hands out sandwiches to members of the U.S. Coast Guard, at the Lake Worth Inlet Station, on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Riviera Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

November 23, 2017
OAN Newsroom

President Trump wishes the nation a Happy Thanksgiving, thanking military members while highlighting the country’s progress at the start of the holiday season.

On Thursday the president and First Lady Melania Trump visited members of the U.S. Coast Guard at the Lake Worth Inlet Station in Riviera Beach, Florida. The president spoke highly of them men and women who serve our nation and said his administration is working to make the nation’s military stronger.

In a video message posted earlier in the day, the president spoke of the original Thanksgiving story between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe as a gathering of thanks to God for their first harvest in their new land.

“Since then, Americans have always remembered the blessings of freedom and the glory of God,” said President Trump.

The president also mentioned President George Washington’s call for a national day of thanks after the defeat of the British, and President Abraham Lincoln’s declaration of Thanksgiving as a national holiday in an effort to heal a nation wounded by the bloody Civil War.

President Trump went on to thank military members serving abroad during this holiday season, and families who take care of their neighbors in need, saying “we are all one people and one American family.”

The president also took to Twitter, covering a number of milestones including record low unemployment numbers, stock market highs, the border wall construction, record cuts in regulations and praised the VA for taking care of the nation’s veterans.

The president also held a video conference with military members serving abroad, thanking them for their continued fight against radical Islamic terrorism.

  • SaidNO2Liberalism

    So thankful that evil was defeated on November 8, 2016.

  • Jacquline McClure

    Thank you for serving. God bless you all!

  • SaidNO2Liberalism

    So thankful that evil was defeated on November 8, 2016.

  • conquest915

    And I too am thankfully for our military and the sacrifices they and their families contend with President Trump. God Bless them all and thank you and the 1st lady for showing our respect and gratitude as a nation to the fine gentlemen and ladies of the armed services.

    • TYvets

      Amen

  • Gerry C. Cruz

    God Bless America and Happy thanksgiving to all!

  • wilypagan

    Thank you, Mr. President, for returning our country to sanity after 8 long years of communist rule.

  • TheDeadTerrorist

    That tweet above is all that really needs to be said. This is going to to be the best Thanksgiving and Christmas I have had in 10 years. Due in no small part to the main man in office… MAGA!

  • Andrew Moore8

    Thank you President Trump…..and thank you for removing that silly rainbow lighting at the White house and restoring respect to this country.

  • Andrew Moore8

    Finally some real class in the White house…..

  • Scott Henke

    Happy TRUMPsgiving everybody!

    • Andrew Moore8

      Lol…..I love it….You just triggered every libtard snowflake on here….

  • Al Robins

    The man DOES NOT STOP! God bless you sir AND the First Lady. You are truly a President for the American people and we are thankful you are our Commander In Chief! Godspeed sir! #Blacks4Trump

  • Robert E Lee

    Go Trump!

  • tedlv

    Not in real schools.

  • PatrickJ

    The President and Melania never look better than when they are at some function to honor our Military. It’s just something they like to do, I guess, and they are better at it than any previous Presidential couple in recent memory.

    They love the President for his absolute devotion to the military and our veterans, and as always, Melania is just too beautiful for words. This is a good time to be an American.

  • Tim maher

    It is so refreshing to finally have a President who is a real leader who speaks truth from the heart and not lies filtered through political BS for self agrandization like we lived through with the eight long years of the Obama/Clinton administration. We are beginning to see what the American people can do when Liberty is unleashed compared to the stifling effect of socialism demonstrated by democrat/obama/Clinton/Antifa doctrines. The American people are waking up to see what the socialist democrats are truely all about and we will not let them seize power and destroy our country! GOD bless President Trump, GOD bless our military who protect us and GOD bless the USA, the best country to ever exist on the face of the earth. And most important of all, give thanks to GOD for giving us this great country as a haven of protection from the evils of the world. May we never squander that great blessing away. MAGA!

  • longlance

    Melania is very beautiful.

    • PatrickJ

      Melania is beyond is beyond beautiful. But also a good person.

  • AtomicFury

    Thank you veteran’s for all you do, every day.

  • Robert Sullivan

    The US Cost Guard clearly had a bunch of sour pusses as revealed by their ungrateful and obvious facial expressions at various meeting with the President. Those individuals need to GROW UP!

  • JaSko Jack Gracic

    beside all haters and “geniuses”. This is the Man

  • Tiger184

    I am thankful that we have President Trump.
    A man that did not need the job, but took it because of his love for this country and people.

  • Wheel of misfortune

    Classy POTUS and First Lady! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Deplorable Phytomorphogenesis

    ♡MAGA HAPPY THANKSGIVING President Trump!♡

  • Michael

    Trump is a great president.

    • PatrickJ

      Ya think?

  • Margaret Keller

    Happy Thanksgiving to everybody in the USA I pray for the men and women who serve our country.

  • yumadlh

    This is real class. God Bless the President Trump and the First Lady. Beautiful gesture.

  • notwar

    I’m thankful for an NFL-free holiday.

    • Wheel of misfortune

      Yes, us too! Had brunch, made pies, played board games. Ate seconds! TV came on for 1/2 hr to watch the local news. Best Thanksgiving ever! Thanks NFL!

  • a voice of concern

    Thank God and Bless our President Donald J Trump for once again pointing our nation toward God instead of a self serving arrogant government that was out of control and attempting to squash religious freedoms in this country.

  • notwar

    Thank You, President Trump.
    MAGA.

  • nfcapitalist

    I absolutely love President Trump’s plain talk… always felt slimy and fake when Obama tried to make every spoken word an awkward attempt to say everything in that lofty and laughable language that would best be used for those Gettysburg Address moments… Trump is the real deal and I love it!!!

    • PatrickJ

      Pretty cool, isn’t it?

    • Localdude

      yep. he did that crap in high school…that’s why they tossed him in the dumpster more than once…he just got this super chip on his shoulder after that…took it out on the whole country. he used every advantage to dog this country and its opportunity, just couldn’t help himself. pure neurosis..pathetic…

  • Jed55

    Thank you Mr. President. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family. We are with you, please stay safe & strong, don’t let them back you down, we’re counting on you & have faith in you. #MAGA

  • A marcus Young

    President Trump is the most significant president in our history. This country was just about on the verge of a complete collapse before he stepped in and gave us all hope. That God led him to us is another sign that America is the light for the world.

    • nfcapitalist

      Well said… my feeling exactly.

    • a voice of concern

      good prayer,, AMEN

    • Tim maher

      I’ll second that amen! All praises to GOD for how he blesses us and watches over our country!! HE knows that if the socialist left takes over this country, there will be no safe place left to run to.

    • PatrickJ

      Gives you a good feeling, doesn’t it?

  • Sandman1002

    Trump the best president ever! Liberals suck…..get used to it loser libs….8 years of greatness.8 years for president Trump!

  • Letmesay

    Thanks to the men and women of our military,fire department, coast guards. And to ALL those who stand watch and guard this great country. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. HAVE A GREAT AND SAFE THANKSGIVING DAY

  • All American

    🍁 Happy Thanksgiving 🦃
    🇺🇸United We Stand
    🙏🏻God Bless America …

  • Just A Guy

    Hope everyone has a very blessed Thanksgiving. 😉

    • PatrickJ

      To you as well, Just A Guy. You’re part of it.

  • Jimbo

    Making America Great Again. God Bless America and God Bless President Trump.

  • global citizen

    Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks to all American, pro Trump, MAGA. Thanks to all our Military, Vets, Law Enforcement and who ever is proud to help and serve.
    All others, simply shut up and start thinking what you have accomplished in life.
    If the American Flag offends you or you don’t like it here, I’ll help you pack!
    Cheers!

  • Brad

    A special Thanks to all who respectfully serve our Nation and God Bless our Commander in Chief, MAGA Donald Trump.

  • Bob

    Breaking news! President Trump wishes America a Happy Thanksgiving by listing his so-called accomplishments since taking office. Such a humble president.

    • B. Wilson Keeter

      He listed America’s accomplishments. He never took personal responsibility . You should be grateful your country is doing better rather than hating on a man.

    • nfcapitalist

      Hillary and Bill were flat broke and now are “filthy” rich… 0bama… ditto, so Trump was already rich and took this job for $1.00… yeah, he’s just terrible.

    • PatrickJ

      Well Bob, I don’t want a humble President if it’s okay with you. I want a President who stands ready to protect this country on all fronts.

      You, I could do without.

      • wilypagan

        Well said. We needed an alpha to take names and kick a$$.

    • Tim maher

      You are just jelous because obamarrhoid had NO POSITIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS to talk about after eight failed years. At least President Trump has numerous positive accomplishments in less than a year even with a mostly Rino congress.

      • Topher Smith

        Seriously? You are daft.

  • gerebear

    Happy Thanksgiving Day and a most joyful Christmas-EVERONE!

  • gerebear

    Can anyone fill me in on the previous Pre. OB doing this–hard to do this when your a Communist Muslim.

    • KevinR.

      I am sure Obama did, even if just for the photo op.

      It would be expected.

      While in Trump’s case, he really does seem to believe what he says regarding the military and Thanksgiving.

      • Bob

        Has any Trump family member ever served in the military? I mean I know Donald himself was clearly unfit to serve which is why he recieved multiple deferments… four for education and one for bad feet. Of course he could play sports, but go to Vietnam… that’s not for children born with silver spoons in their mouths.

        • KevinR.

          And what has that got to do with anything?

          Did Obama serve in the military? No.

          Now run along back to your mother’s basement, and she may have some turkey and dressing for you if you behave.

          • Twinkle Toes

            Good one👍

        • FLLoeffler

          haven’t served have you?

          • B. Wilson Keeter

            I never served, did you Bob ?

          • henry

            I did but I can assure you that Bob didnt

        • thnksbutnothnks

          You do realize there is no draft currently and most Americans can’t say yes to that question of family and military in the current era. As for the silver spoon remark, neither Bill Clinton nor Obama served in the military and neither came from a silver spoon background. True the draft didn’t exist under Obama but being it seems it’s that important to you he also didn’t serve, UN-American I assume in your eyes. Actually around 15 Presidents didn’t serve, and some who did like Bush went the way of the National Guard to stay out of the military. As for Trump’s avoidance of Vietnam there were along with him and Clinton another 15 and a half million or so who used some type of deferment to avoid the draft. Another 20,000 to 30,000 headed to Canada, they were the so-called draft dodgers. I served in Vietnam, I volunteered knowing I would probably be sent to Vietnam, and I served with many of those who were drafted, ergo they didn’t really want to go. Some of those I knew were killed, others maimed physically or mentality , they shouldn’t have been there. Within a month you realized we shouldn’t be there because we were not sent there to fight an enemy we were sent there to police and basically fight only if the north Vietnamese came into the south, we were not there to win anything. Our elected officials, our Presidents, our military leaders all were aware of this and had no problem of the blood on their hands for those killed, or maimed mentality or physically. I had just turned nineteen in my last year of service when sent knew early that the North would win but there would be no line but a total victory for them because of our leaders actions. Tell me why any of the 58,000 plus service men should have died there or the other hundreds of thousands maimed in other ways. this was not a war of the world it was a police action to try and set up a Korea situation. Those 15 million plus were right, the only ones wrong were our Presidents, elected officials, and military leaders at that time. I had two other brothers that volunteered, one who joined the NG, and one who was a CO, in your mind my youngest brother would be like Trump a negative, but being this brother is a oyster liberal to you it would be okay to not serve like Clinton and Obama, do you realize just how dumb you are?

          • CDG

            Damn, you told it like it is and was. Great job and thank you for your service. My dad served in Nam in 68-69. I imagine “Bob” will not respond.

          • Janice Raxter

            Great reply if that idiot has enough intelligence to be able to read it maybe he will learn something

          • PatrickJ

            Your comment was golden. God Bless you and those like you who served. Let us hope we never see anything like that again in our lifetime.

          • libertybells2

            Great response if Bob is able to comprehend anything beyond 4 sentences he might just learn something from what you wrote. I might add two of my brothers served in VN..one suffered PTSD big time having spent two extensions in VN and passed away a few years ago from complications from agent orange.

          • Localdude

            Thank You for your service. I for one, am thankful (among many other reasons this holiday – outside of myself and especially for this wonderful Republic that I am blessed to live in) that you served. God bless you and those you served with.

          • brandehhh

            All Presidents should serve. That should be a requirement.

        • All American

          Im blocking you troll

        • brian

          Did obama, nope, Trump went to Military Academy…

          • Localdude

            …he sure is ‘serving’ now. God worked it out, just when we needed him, he stepped up. Perfect timing. Winning! MAGA

        • Michael

          Get lost Democrat. Oh! Never mind. You’re already lost.

        • Wheel of misfortune

          Keep kneeling Bob! It fits your tonsils and back of your throat well. Your moon worshipping president is GONE! We finally have the first president since Reagan who loves his country. Happy Thanksgiving snowflake.

        • Paul H

          What about Bill?

        • Randolph Oberlin

          What’s the difference between Jane Fonda and Bill Clinton? Jane actually went to Vietnam. Take your comment and put it where the sun don’t shine. Don’t blame anyone who used college deferments to avoid going. I went and put in a 20+ year career in the Army. The war there sucked, mostly because Democratic presidents wouldn’t let us do what needed to be done.

        • libertybells2

          So in comparison Obama our non-citizen con man and Hillary would be a better choice. You are pathetic.

      • Janice Raxter

        I don’t remember obumer ever doing anything or saying anything nice about our military – and don’t believe I ever saw him in a photo with any of our military. He wouldn’t have done it especially if he thought it was expected. He thumbed his nose at us for 8 years so it is good to be rid of the muslim turkey!

        • Twinkle Toes

          That was an insulting comment to 🦃.

          • Huks

            But true!

        • KevinR.

          He did.

          I did not like Obama, and there are many things that we can hold him accountable for…. but we should not step beyond the facts.

    • Bob

      Ummm he did it every year…. and he’s actually Christian, which is more to say than the p*ssy grabber. If you think Donald Trump is religious you might be right if that religion is worshipping Donald Trump.

      • nfcapitalist

        Muslims don’t want women, they hang them at the soccer stadiums as pregame entertainment… that would be what those all inclusive Democrats want to bring to America.

        • Tim maher

          Won’t they be surprised to learn that instead of “receiving” seventy virgins as a reward, their reward is that they actually become Satain’s virgins for all eternity?

        • brandehhh

          No man has respect for women regardless of religion. Men are raised by women yet when they become adults, turn around and sh it on women and future generations of women while claiming they are delicate and need protecting as if they are fragile and weak. As least Muslim women get to end their suffering early unlike American women. And no I’m not a Muslim or Obama supporter.

      • Paul H

        Christian my ass! Barry was a Muslim plain and simple.

        • Tim maher

          All one has to do is take an honest look at everything Obama did and one can easily see how he was preparing the United States for Muslim jihad. As a few examples, wrecked our economy with excessive spending, destroyed our healthcare system, banished jobs overseas with needless regulations, tried to destroy our energy industry, tried to make us dependent on foreign oil, tried to increase the cost of electricity so people couldn’t afford it, tried to destroy our coal industry, returned terrorist generals to the battlefield in exchange for a deserter and set Iran up monetarily and politically to become a nuclear power to contest the United States once he had all of his arrangements in order just to name a few things.

    • Ken

      I really don’t know much about what Obummer did, however whatever it was, thanking the military was not part of it. He was embarrassed by the military and the strength of America, and we didn’t deserve to be prosperous, hence the economy being held back by regulations and taxes.

      • brandehhh

        Only the elite deserve to be prosperous. Typical no matter which President is in control, the elite always get catered to.

    • nfcapitalist

      Hiding in a brick mansion… where did he get the $ for that?

      • Tim maher

        Certainly not from his salary. Makes one wonder just how much Russian/Muslim money went in his pocket under the table not to mention from insider trading.

    • Deplorable Phytomorphogenesis

      obummer and michael are the two biggest fraudsters ever to step foot into the White House.
      They have “accomplished” absolutely nothing but enriching themselves. The WORST president is that number 44. POS really.

  • KevinR.

    Happy Thanksgiving

    While it is true, the first Thanksgiving was to give thanks to God for the plentiful bounty of a good harvest (and not the thanks to the native American tribe… thanks to God)….

    I think Trump may be more hopeful than reality shows…
    “Since then, Americans have always remembered the blessings of freedom and the glory of God,” said President Trump.

    Today, we should give thanks for the blessings, the resources, the freedom, liberty, the capitalism, the salubrious …weather and fertility of soil, that has been given to us….

    but far too many seem to only be thankful for Black Friday and dream of it starting by noon on Thursday… Thanksgiving Day.

  • landy fincannon

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING, AMERICA. Be thankful, humbly.

    • Bob

      Humbly and Trump don’t really go together. “I’ve done this, I’ve done this, I’ve done… not much.” Hopefully this is his last thanksgiving in the oval office.

      • KevinR.

        While you are free to be foolish, you should be thankful for that freedom… there is much Trump has actually accomplished, though some of it I am less happy about, and some things I wanted done have not been.

        Perhaps, you should consider the nation, the freedom, liberty, rights, the resources, and bounty this nation has, and be thankful for the blessings of the nation, which has gained much in a very short time…

        and stop being thankful for black Friday.

      • FLLoeffler

        No thanks to people like yourself and a never Trump congress our President has done quite well

      • Ken

        One can refuse to support the President, as I have done in the recent past, however we all should pray for the president whomever it is because if the President fails, then we fail. Our country is getting stronger and safer again and the economy is starting to boom, so we have much to be thankful for, even if an election hurt our feelings!

        • A marcus Young

          Obama was an illegitimate President. I never accepted him.

        • Twinkle Toes

          The election hurt your feelings not mine. I cried tears of joy that puke and his wife were out of the WH after disgracing the office of the United States President for 8 very long grueling, tormenting years of pure hell.

          • Huks

            I will second that Twinkle.

          • brandehhh

            It was in support of Trump? lol are you ok?

          • Twinkle Toes

            Obviously I didn’t see the satire. The mere thought of that last occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave gets me overly riled. I’ll calm down now.

          • Twinkle Toes

            Your comment “…even if an election hurt our feelings!”.
            Who are you referring to “…our…”? The way you worded the comment implies our feelings were hurt because President Trump won the election. So if that is not what you meant, what did you mean?

        • brandehhh

          You can love your country and hate your President.

      • landy fincannon

        Why Bob what has you so upset?

        • Localdude

          he is upset because BoB spelled backwards is still BoB…just has had him spinning for years…

      • Big Al

        And yet Trump is running circles around the Demoncrats backwards, just to make it interesting…lol

        A losing bias, shed it & live Parasite Free!

      • B. Wilson Keeter

        Don’t feed this troll.

        • BillVA

          Not even that piece of stuffing that fell onto the floor?

      • All American

        Bob find yourself 👍🏻🇺🇸

      • Sandman1002

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! idiot loser. “WAAAAAAAAAAA” Cry some more fck tard/

        • A marcus Young

          Excuse of the week: “It was Obama’s fault I lost the election.” lol

      • A marcus Young

        Its time for you to pack your bags. I know I speak for the majority of America when I say to you, Bob: *****”EAT ME”*****

        • Tim maher

          I bet he’ not even good at that!

      • BillVA

        Please.

        Go back and listen to all the times Obama used the word “I” in every one of his speeches, yet he accomplished nothing.

      • Tim maher

        Sorry to disappoint you Bob, but it’s his first of many for the next EIGHT YEARS! Let’s face it, when you’ve got it, you’ve got it and President Trump has it. Further, there is nothing you or any other socialist lib can say or do to take it away from him, try like you might. We see through your socialist agenda. His policies are already having remarkable positive effects in reversing the damage done by obamarrhoid.

      • libertybells2

        Oh Bob i know you loved your narcissistic muslim very much who used ‘I’ and ‘me” ad nauseum when he talked. It must be hard for you..BTW I promised myself if you showed up again I’d use the BLOCK too. Goodbye snowflake!.

  • michaelparsons

    Thank all the service men and women for standing guard for us. I pray they all get home safe and soon.