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Trump speaks with members of the armed forces via video conference. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

Trump addressed U.S. service members stationed abroad by video conference today, telling them they're "very, very special people to me, and to everyone in this country."

Trump's overall message: The military is succeeding because he's letting them "fight to win," and the economy back home is doing great too.

To the 82nd Airborne Army division in Afghanistan...

"I have to say just directly to the folks in Afghanistan: everybody's talking about the progress you've made in the last few months since I opened it up. We opened it up, we said go ahead, were going to fight to win."

To the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion in Iraq

"We're being talked about again as an armed forces. We're really winning. We know how to win. But we have to let you win. They weren't letting you win before. They were letting you play even. We're letting you win."

To the Air Force's 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in Turkey

"They say we've made more progress against ISIS than they did in years of the previous administration. And that's because I'm letting you do your job."

To U.S. troops around the world
  • "For each of you, I know its hard to be away from home at this time of the year. 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. Unemployment is the lowest its been in 17 years. So you're fighting for something real, you're fighting for something good."
  • "So as we give thanks for this holiday, I know I speak on behalf of all Americans when I say that we totally support you in fact, we love you. We really do. We love you. And this is a Thanksgiving that you wont forget. You're in a very different part of the world than you were used to, but boy are you doing a job there. And thank God for you."
  • "Believe me, I know so much about military families. They respect and appreciate what you're doing for this country, and they respect and appreciate what you're doing for them as a family. So, your families love you and they miss you."

Go deeper

Updated 1 hour ago - Health

First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.

5 hours ago - Health

WHO: Not yet known whether Omicron leads to more severe disease

Photo illustration: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The World Health Organization on Sunday said that it is not yet clear whether the newly discovered Omicron variant is more transmissible than other strains of the COVID-19 virus.

Why it matters: The agency's statement comes as the variant, discovered in South Africa, has already been detected in European and Asian countries.

10 hours ago - Health

Fauci: Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S.

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.