President Trump addresses service members, visits Coast Guard Station Lake Worth on Thanksgiving

Posted at 10:34 AM, Nov 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-22 11:49:36-05

President Donald Trump spent Thanksgiving visiting a Coast Guard station in Palm Beach County, thanking service members for their courage, and also issuing a threat to Mexico.

In a conference call from Mar-a-Lago on Palm Beach Thursday morning, the President told members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard that he and First Lady Melania Trump wanted to express their profound gratitude.

Afterward, he threatened to close the U.S. border with Mexico for an undisclosed period of time if his administration determines that its southern ally has lost control on its side.

Mr. Trump cited the situation involving migrants camped in Tijuana, Mexico, after traveling in a caravan to reach the United States. He also said he's given American troops at the border the OK to use lethal force against migrants if they have to.

Later Thursday morning, the President visited Coast Guard Station Lake Worth in Riviera Beach, shaking hands and posing for photos with Coast Guard members.

The First Family is spending their holiday at his private Mar-a-Lago club this year.

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The President started Thursday morning tweeting as part of his extraordinary public dispute with Chief Justice John Roberts.

Mr. Trump is warning of bedlam, chaos, injury, and death if the courts block his efforts to overhaul the nation's immigration laws.

Stay with WPTV throughout the day for more on the President's Thanksgiving activities.