"Everybody is talking about the progress you've made in Afghanistan since I opened it up, and you've turned it around in the last three-to-five months like nobody has seen,” Trump said in the Thanksgiving teleconference with members of the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Afghanistan.
Trump also hailed US marine corps unit serving in Iraq and thanked them for their struggle against Daesh.
"What you are doing with ISIS is again being talked about — with armed forces, we're really winning. We know how to win, but we have to let you win. You weren't winning before. They were letting you play even. We want to let you win," Trump said, referencing the Obama administration.
This comes three months after Trump outlined a revised vision for the US war in Afghanistan, pledging to end a strategy of nation building and instead focus on a policy aimed more pressure on the militant groups including the Taliban.
On the basis of the new strategy, Trump also pledged to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban.
“Our troops will fight to win,” Trump said. “From now on, victory will have a clear definition: attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al-Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over the country, and stopping mass terror attacks against Americans before they emerge.” He said while announcing the new war strategy.