Reported by Benny Johnson | Reporter At Large | 1:53 PM 11/23/2017
The president and first lady chose to spend part of their Thanksgiving feeding and thanking active duty members of the Armed Forces. President Trump and Melania Trump showed up to Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet to deliver meals to dozens of active Coast Guardsmen who had to work on Thanksgiving.
The First family served sandwiches, fruit, juice, cookies, muffins and sodas they had donated to sixty active duty coast guardsmen, some who were heading out to patrol soon thereafter.
According to the White House Pool report, Trump encouraged the men and women in the room:
“It is an honor to be here,” the president said.
He noted that “there is no brand that went up like the Coast Guard” during the hurricanes in Texas, the Gulf Coast and Puerto Rico. He recognized the Coast Guard for rescuing 16,000 people in Texas after Hurricane Harvey, a number that he says few know or believe.
“Incredible people, you’ve done an incredible job,” Trump said.
The First Lady jumped in to tell the group: “Happy Thanksgiving!” She smiled and waved with both hands as she spoke.
The president offered to take questions from the Coast Guard, although no one spoke up — which the president says he loves.
The first lady shared this message on Twitter: