"There is nowhere I'd rather celebrate this Thanksgiving than right here with the toughest, strongest, best and bravest warriors on the face of the earth", Trump said. Ghani wished the troops a "Happy Thanksgiving" and commended Trump for his leadership.
Trump's Air Force One presidential plane touched down at Bagram airfield after an overnight flight from Washington with White House National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, a small group of aides and secret service agents, and a pool of reporters.
Live on CNN's Newsroom, Thursday, Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr declared, "I suspect at this point either he has just left or is about to leave, because security for these trips, for any president of the United States, is always very tight".
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White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said plans for the visit had been in the works for weeks.
"When our enemies hear the sound of your jets. their terrorist blood runs cold because they know their demise is near", Trump told the assembled troops. "He and Mrs. Trump recognize that there's a lot of people far away from their families during the holidays and we thought it'd be a nice surprise", she said.
Some 13,000 United States troops remain in Afghanistan, 18 years after the U.S. invaded the country after the 11 September 2001 attacks, making it America's longest war. "That's fine", the president said. We'll see if they want to make a deal.
This story has been corrected to reflect Melania Trump is not traveling with the President.
In a visit due to last about two-and-half hours, Trump served turkey to troops in a cafeteria, posed for photographs, and delivered remarks in a hangar, as well as meeting Afghan president Ashraf Ghani. The unannounced Thanksgiving visit was the president's first to that nation, according to The New York Times.