Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, took issue with Trump’s comments and aired his discontent shortly after on CNN, where he serves as a military analyst.
“We have been winning,” Hertling said. “You’re talking to soldiers and military personnel around the world who have been in this fight for 17 years, and to suddenly be told they’re winning now when they weren’t winning before is somewhat insulting.”
Hertling said he was thankful that Trump took the time to address soldiers, but that he had seen presidents past make larger gestures in the eight times he was deployed. While serving in Baghdad in 2003, Hertling recalled then-President George W. Bush making a surprise visit to have a Thanksgiving dinner with U.S. officials and serve turkey to troops.