Trump gives thanks to... him­self

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Don­ald Trump used a Thanks­giv­ing Day call to troops de­ployed over­seas to pat him­self on the back as well as air griev­ances about the courts, trade and mi­grants head­ing to the US-Mexico border.

The pres­i­dent’s call, made from his op­u­lent pri­vate Mara-Lago club in Florida, struck an un­usu­ally po­lit­i­cal tone as he spoke with mem­bers of the mil­i­tary to wish them happy hol­i­days, but he also took time to say what a “tremen­dous dif­fer­ence” he had made to the US. The call was a uniquely Trump blend of boast­ing, pep­pered ques­tions and offthe-cuff ob­ser­va­tions as his com­ments veered from vent­ing about slights to prais­ing troops – “You re­ally are our he­roes” – as club wait­ers worked to set Thanks­giv­ing din­ner ta­bles on the out­door ter­race be­hind him.

Through­out, Mr Trump was sure to con­grat­u­late him­self, telling the of­fi­cers that the coun­try is do­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well on his watch.

“I hope you’ll take so­lace in know­ing that all of the Amer­i­can fam­i­lies you hold so close to your heart are all do­ing well,” he said. “The na­tion’s do­ing well eco­nom­i­cally, bet­ter than any­body in the world.” He later told re­porters: “Nobody’s done more for the mil­i­tary than me.”

Pres­i­dent Trump talks with troops via phone from his Mar-a-Lago es­tate on Thanks­giv­ing Day on Thurs­day

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