Thousands of US troops celebrate Thanksgiving at the Mexican border

Mail Online | 11/23/2018 | Reporter
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Thousands of US troops had to celebrate Thanksgiving away from their families amid Donald Trump's continued attack on the migrant caravan.

Around 5,800 troops were deployed to the US-Mexico border in a move that many of the president's critics have called a political stunt to rally his base.

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'Our troops and their families deserve better than to be used as props. Let them go home,' Sen Elizabeth Warren tweeted at Trump this week.

While questions surrounding the validity of Trump's harsh stance on the caravan continue to swirl, the Pentagon did its best to give the troops a true Thanksgiving.

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Military members gathered in chow hall tents at Camp Donna to enjoy turkey, green beans, corns, and various other Thanksgiving dishes that they piled on plastic trays.

Nearly 800 pounds of turkey alone went to troops serving on the US-Mexico border, while the Pentagon delivered 9,738 turkeys to troops around the world.

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A total of 300,000 pounds of food was shipped for Thanksgiving meals in the likes of the US, Afghanistan, and Iraq, according to the Washington Post.

The Pentagon also delivered 16,284 pounds of sweet potatoes, 81,360 pies, 19,284 cakes, and 7,836 gallons of eggnog.

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It is a sweet tradition that has been going strong in the US military since the Pentagon first supplied turkey and cranberry sauce to World War II troops.

And troops in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan have all continued the military's Thanksgiving tradition since.

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Army Brig Gen Mark Simerly said the Pentagon has provided troops at the border with 'the very best Thanksgiving meal our country has to offer'.

'Many of America's military men and women are away from home this Thanksgiving, making sacrifices to secure our freedom and to protect our southern border,' he said in a statement.

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