At various times during the conference Trump contrasted his own leadership with that of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama: "They say we've made more progress against ISIS than they did in years with the previous administration, and that's because I'm letting you perform your job".
Speaking to five branches of the military serving overseas via satellite from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump highlighted how the USA military is "really winning" since he took office.
"There is no brand that went up like the Coast Guard", he said.
He added, "We're being talked about again as an armed forces".
"Everybody's talking about the progress you've made in the last few months since I opened it up". We know how to win, but we have to let you win. He said they were "fighting for something good". They were letting you play even. "You're talking to soldiers and military personnel around the world who have been in this fight for 17 years and to suddenly be told they're winning now when they weren't winning before is somewhat insulting, first of all".
After leaving the Coast Guard facility, Trump and his motorcade headed for Trump International Golf Club, the Associated Press reported.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chief Warrant Officer Gene Gibson while visiting U.S. Coast Guard personnel on Thanksgiving at Lake Worth Inlet Station in Riviera Beach, Fla.
The Associated Press said the President talked about his plans to boost military spending, saying contractors saved the best equipment for United States forces. That apparently extends to material sold to allies.
Earlier, in his speech to troops, Mr Trump cleared the media out after about 10 minutes so he could have "very confidential, personal conversations" with those on the line.
On this Thanksgiving, President Trump called some of our courageous men and women serving overseas to wish them happy holidays and to thank them for fighting for freedom.