President Trump visits Coast Guard members on Thanksgiving

President Donald Trump kicked off his first Thanksgiving Day as commander-in-chief with a visit to a U.S. Coast Guard station in Florida.

The president and the first lady shook hands and fed members of the Coast Guard unit stationed in Lake Riviera. The holiday lunch set up for the men and women spending Thanksgiving at the station included turkey sandwiches, fruit, pastries and cookies.

Trump praised the Coast Guard for heroic efforts during hurricane season.

"If you are looking at it as a brand, there's no brand that went up more than the Coast Guard with what happened in Texas," Trump said, referring to Hurricane Harvey. "You saved 16,000 lives."

The first family is celebrating the holiday at the president's Mar-A-Lago estate. From the estate, Trump spoke via video conference to troops deployed in Afghanistan.

"We're not fighting anymore to just walk around, we're fighting to win," Trump said. "You've turned it around over the last three to four months like nobody's seen, and they are talking about it, so thank you very much."