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President Trump wishes overseas troops a Merry Christmas via personal message
BETHESDA, MD - APRIL 22: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (2-L), with First Lady Melania Trump (R), applaud Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos (C), with his wife Tammy Barrientos (2-R), after awarding him the Purple Heart during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on April 22, 2017 in Bethesda, Maryland. Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos was recently injured in Afghanistan while deployed. (Photo by Shawn Thew - Pool/Getty Images)

President Trump wishes overseas troops a Merry Christmas via personal message

President Donald Trump wished a number of overseas troops a Merry Christmas via personal videoconference over the weekend. Fox News showed video of some of some of the messages this morning.

In the messages, President Trump expressed America's thankfulness for the troops who are separated from their families for the holidays while protecting the country. He also offered praise to servicemen deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan for their work in fighting against ISIS and other extremist organizations.

A number of prominent administration members have personally visited members of the military this holiday season. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has spent the last several days visiting service members in Guantanamo Bay and also at several domestic military bases, according to IJ Review . Vice President Mike Pence also surprised troops in Afghanistan with a personal visit last week.

President Trump himself visited wounded service members at Walter Reed Memorial Hospital before departing for Mar-a-Lago last week.

There are approximately 200,000 active duty troops deployed overseas, which represents the lowest level in at least 60 years, according to Pew Research .

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