After facing months of controversy surrounding his level of support of U.S. military troops, president Donald Trump held a teleconference from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, speaking with service members on Thanksgiving. The Hill reports that the president included members of all five branches of the military in a call to wish them “a happy Thanksgiving and thank them for their service.”
The call comes after a turbulent few weeks in which the president faced backlash for appearing to fail to support the troops. Though Trump spoke with troops on the phone last Thanksgiving as well, he has not visited service members in Iraq or Afghanistan in the nearly two years which he has been the commander-in-chief, something for which he has faced harsh criticism.
When asked recently if he plans to visit troops in the Middle East, Trump was vague.
“We’ll be doing some interesting things,” he replied.