A top military officer in wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving from Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday morning, and said U.S. troops and people in Afghanistan are optimistic that the Trump administration's new policy there is creating optimism in the region.
"There's optimism here with the Afghan people," Brig. Gen. William Graham, commander and division engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said in an interview with C-SPAN.
"The new U.S. policy and its adoption by our NATO allies is playing very well with ... Afghanistan," he added. "There is true optimism here."
Graham said the biggest change under President Trump is the move to eliminate plans to withdraw from the country by a specific date, as the Obama administration tried.
"Instead of having a time-based strategy, our support here is conditions-based," he said.
Graham spoke alongside members of the military, and said a tradition of troops there is to be served Thanksgiving dinner by their senior officers.
"There's an American tradition that's one of my favorite parts ... and that's where the senior non-commissioned officers and the senior officers all serve Thanksgiving dinner to the soldiers," he said.
"As soon as we finish this up, I think we're ... going to get seconds," he added.