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President Donald Trump visited with American service members on Thursday for Thanksgiving, continuing an important commander in chief tradition.
Trump held a teleconference with “five branches of the military serving overseas” from Mar-a-Lago, according to CNN.
At one point, Trump told the military members: “We're very very proud of you. Everybody in this country is watching and they are seeing positive reports for a change.”
The president emphasized that the U.S. military is now “really winning” in the fight against ISIS.
“What you are doing with ISIS is again being talked about — with armed forces, we're really winning. We know how to win, but we have to let you win,” Trump said. “You weren't winning before. They were letting you play even. We want to let you win.”
Trump also took a jab at former President Barack Obama for not doing more to combat ISIS during his administration. He said the military is making more progress because “I'm letting you perform your job.”
“So you're fighting for something real,” Trump added. “You're fighting for something good.”
For American service members spending time overseas away from their families, it was likely an encouraging moment to hear directly from the commander in chief.
Watch Trump's call with service members below.