Donald Trump used the president’s traditional Thanksgiving message to mourn the victims of mass shootings and praise stock market success.
The president thanked servicemen and women around the world in a video posted on Twitter.
Trump said: ‘This year, in the face of painful hardships, we have seen the incredible strength of the American spirit. Neighbors helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers and citizens reaching out for those in need.
‘We pray for the Americans impacted by the devastating wildfires that struck our nation. We mourn for the victims of the horrible shootings that stole so many lives, and we thank God for the police, firefighters and rescue workers who put themselves in harms way to save others.
‘The people of this nation come from all different backgrounds, but we are all one people and one American family. We all share the same heart, the same home and the same glorious destiny.’
The president spoke by an open fire (Picture: Twitter)
Trump has been busy with Thanksgiving duties this week. On Tuesday, he pardoned two turkeys from the dinner plate.
The president awkwardly stroked Drumstick’s back before pardoning the bird and his friend, Wishbone, outside the White House.
He said: ‘We have yet to received any visitors quite like our magnificent guest of honor today — Drumstick. Hi Drumstick. Oh, I think Drumstick is going to be very happy.
‘I’m pleased to report that unlike millions of turkeys at this time of year, Drumstick has a very bright future ahead of him.’
Drumstick got the pardon this year (Picture: Getty)
The pair were born and raised on a farm in Douglas County, Minnesota.
Before making their way onto national TV, they enjoyed a short stay at a hotel and were treated like humans.
They will live out their days on Virginia Tech campuses alongside Tater and Tot, who were pardoned by Barack Obama last year.
Trump added: ‘As many of you know, I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor. However, I have been informed by the White House councils office that Tater and Tot pardons cannot under any circumstances be revoked.’
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