President Trump at Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet on Nov. 22, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally)

Coast Guard ‘One of the Great Brand Increases,’ Trump Says on Thanksgiving Visit

Declaring there is no brand that “has gone up more than the Coast Guard,” President Trump drove to the Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet from Mar-a-Lago this morning to offer Thanksgiving greetings.

Men and women there for the holiday included coasties from Station Lake Worth Inlet, Marine Safety Detachment Lake Worth Inlet, Marine Safety and Security Team Cape Cod, Marine Safety and Security Team New Orleans and Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City.

“When you look at the hurricanes in Texas — in particular Texas, you saved so many people.  But Texas and Florida, Puerto Rico, now North Carolina, South Carolina,” Trump said, greeting about 100 coasties. “But the job you’ve done is really fantastic. And there’s — nothing has gone — if you were doing the brand, they would say this is one of the great brand increases. And I just want to congratulate you. Thousands of people saved.”

The president volunteered to take questions, quipping that “you always ask that last because that way nobody asks questions,” but nobody asked a question.

“I know what you have to do, and I see it in a lot of different forms. But I’ve seen the waters that you have to go through, and very few people could do it. It takes special people to do it. Very, very few people could do it. The bravery and all of the genius that’s necessary. There’s a genius to it,” Trump said.

The station had a variety of sub sandwiches, chips, pie and fruit for the Thanksgiving meal. “They look like pretty good sandwiches. They look big. I don’t want one,” Trump said. “They look very — like, very big. You gain about five pounds when you eat one of them.”

Trump spent 12 minutes at the station, taking pictures before heading back to his Mar-a-Lago resort.

“We’re just celebrating the Coast Guard because it has to be celebrated,” he said.

Bridget Johnson is the Managing Editor for Homeland Security Today. A veteran journalist whose news articles and analyses have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe, Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor and a foreign policy writer at The Hill. Previously she was an editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and syndicated nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. Bridget is a senior fellow specializing in terrorism analysis at the Haym Salomon Center. She is a Senior Risk Analyst for Gate 15, a private investigator and a security consultant. She is an NPR on-air contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, National Review Online, Politico, New York Daily News, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, Washington Times, RealClearWorld and more, and has myriad television and radio credits including Al-Jazeera and SiriusXM.

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