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Donald Trump congratulates HIMSELF in Thanksgiving phone call to troops overseas; President Trump took a minute to remind his troops deployed abroad what a 'tremendous difference' HE has made.

Byline: Hayley Coyle

Donald Trumpused a Thanksgiving address to remind everyone how great he thinks he is.

The US president called American troops deployed overseas and took the opportunity to congratulate himself on what a great job he had done in running the country so far.

He told them that "the country is so much stronger" now that he is in office - so much so that "people don't believe it".

When asked what he was thankful for, he said "his family", but added: "I made a tremendous difference in this country.

"I hope that you'll take solace in knowing that all of the American families you hold so close to your heart are all doing well.

"The nation's doing well economically, better than anybody in the world... nobody's done more for the military than me."

Trump made the call from his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The 72-year-old went on to tell reporters that he is considering shutting down the US border with Mexico for a time if his administration thinks that Mexico has "lost control" on their side.

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He said: "If we find that it gets to a level where we lose control or people are going to start getting hurt, we're going to close entry into the country for a period of time until we get it under control."

Trump also said he had given the military the authorisation to use lethal force if necessary on the border with Mexico.

"If they have to they are going to use lethal force. I've given the okay - I hope they don't have to."

Ahead of US congressional elections earlier this month, Trump denounced the approach of a caravan of migrants as an "invasion" that threatened American national security, and he sent thousands of US troops to the border to help secure it.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that he had been granted authority to allow troops on the Mexican border greater powers to help protect border officials, and would await direction from the Department of Homeland Security.

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Mr Trump's border threat comes days after a federal judge put the president's administration's asylum policy on hold.

Under that new policy, Mr Trump declared nobody could apply for asylum except at an official border entry point.

Some ports of entry are already facing huge queues with people having to wait for weeks.

The government shut down one port of entry, San Ysidro, in California, for several hours early on Monday morning to boost security amid concerns about a potential influx of migrant caravan members.

Most of the lanes were reopened before the morning rush hour.

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Mr Trump claimed there were "fistfights all over the streets" in Tijuana, Mexico, which the migrants have reached, and "these are not like normal, innocent people".

He went on: "These are people you talk to them and they start a fistfight. I don't want that in this country."

He said the people of Tijuana "opened up with wide arms" to welcome the caravan of immigrants trying to reach the border and "now they're going crazy to get them out ... because bad things are happening".

Thousands of migrants arrived at the US-Mexico border after travelling more than 4,000km from Central America.

They say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

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President Trump on the phone to American troops

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He calls them every year to thank them

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He also spoke to reporters about closing the Mexican border

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Trump has also given his military permission to use force if necessary
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