Trump touts election win at start of speech to troops

President Trump on Monday kicked off his first speech to U.S. service members by touting his election win and highlighting the support he had from troops.

"We had a wonderful election didn't we? And I saw those numbers, and you like me and I like you," Trump said at the start of his speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

Trump was popular among service members during the election, with active-duty military and veterans voting for Trump by a larger margin than for his rival, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants MORE.


Trump visited U.S. Central Command and Special Operations Command on Monday in his first official trip as president. Prior to the speech, Trump received a briefing from leaders of both commands and ate lunch with troops.