nearVideo soldier and the President: “I’m here because of you’
During his surprise trip to Iraq this week, President Trump shook hands with an army soldier who said he went back into the military for the President.
“And I’m here because you, so we have something in common,” Trump, with gratitude to the dining room at the al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, on Wednesday.
“Keep America great,” said the soldier: to Outdo, while taking a selfie with the President.
The soldier serving with the Brave Rifles, the 3. Cavalry Regiment, formerly 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, currently stationed in Fort Hood.
Addressing troops at the air force base in the West of Iraq late Wednesday, Trump defended his decision to pull forces out of neighboring Syria, the reconciliation of Islamic state militants: “We knocked. We have them knocked silly.”
Trump told his audience in Iraq, that the decision to withdraw illustrates the approximately 2,000 soldiers from Syria in his quest to “America first”.
Trump sat down for office on a platform at the end of the US participation of regions in foreign crisis, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. The Pentagon is also said to be the development of plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 U.S. troops still serving in Afghanistan.
“We are not the fool, people,” Trump said in al-Asad Air Base, about 100 kilometers West of Baghdad. “We are respected again as a nation.”
The base, where Trump was talking about, is about 155 miles of Hajīn, a Syrian town near the Iraqi border, where Kurdish fighters are always extremists to fight the Islamic state.
“I made it clear from the beginning that our mission was in Syria to strip ISIS, its military strongholds,” said Trump, who wore an olive green bomber-style jacket, as the chants of “USA! USA!” greeted him.
“We are watching ISIS very closely,” said Trump, who was accompanied by first lady, Melania Trump, but no members of his Cabinet or the legislature. “We’re watching very, very closely, the remnants of ISIS.”
Trump said he had no plans to withdraw 5,200 U.S. forces in Iraq. That’s down from about 170 000 in the year 2007, the amount of the increase in U.S. forces to combat sectarian violence unleashed by the U.S. to overthrow led invasion of dictator Saddam Hussein.
Trump said that after US troops in Syria back home, Iraq could still be used to stage attacks on ISIS fighters.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.