nearvideo President Trump and wife Melania Trump makes surprise visit to U.S. troops and senior military leadership in Iraq
President Trump says he has ‘no plans’ to U.S. troops from the country; Lucas Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon.
President Trump and the first lady appeared in Iraq on Wednesday to a surprise visit with soldiers and senior military leadership in the Al Asad Air Base, where he said he has “no plans” to, the 5,000 US troops from the country.
Trump’s visit-his first as President to a combat zone — comes on the heels of his announcement on troops from Syria and the rumor of the removal of thousands of troops in Afghanistan.
U.S. President Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump Greet military personnel in the dining facility during an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, December 26, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst RC1A7F8AD820
The President appeared at the air force base of National security adviser John Bolton, for meetings with political and military leaders. The President spent about three hours on the floor with the First wife Melania Trump vesting U.S. troops, according to Reuters.
To visit “President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night, with the help of our soldiers and senior Military leadership, to thank you for your service, your success, and your sacrifices, and wish tweeted you a Merry Christmas,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
Trump’s surprisingly came to visit the region a week after he declared that ISIS is “defeated” in Syria in a tweet, and ordered all the American diplomats and soldiers out of the country.
The first U.S. troops to Syria in the year 2015, during the Obama administration as part of a partnership with the Kurdish forces against the ISIS. A year prior to deployment, the US airstrikes began also in Syria.
US President, Donald Trump notes on the US supplies troops in an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, December 26, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst RC1DDA2CDD00
Scheid signed at the end of Minister of defense of Jim Mattis under orders on Sunday to pull all American troops out of Syria in the coming weeks, senior defense officials told Fox News. To discuss Pentagon officials of the time, refused, to, features, including the timeline, citing operational security for the roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria.
The President told reporters traveling with him that he wants to get American soldiers home from Syria and Iraq, still used as a base to stage militant attacks on the Islamic state, if necessary, according to the Associated Press.
Trump added that, if needed, can attack the United States, IS not “so fast and so hard” that they “know what the hell happened.”
“I think a lot of people will come to think of my Art. It’s time to start for us to use our head,” he told reporters.
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Last month, Trump indicated that he would soon visit soldiers in a war zone.
President Donald Trump visited with members of the military in a dining room in the Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
In an exclusive interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump was asked to host Chris Wallace why he visited the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in the two years he served as commander-in-chief.
“Well, I think you will see that happen,” said the President, after Wallace pointed out that Obama and Ex-President George W. Bush, had each visited soldiers in war. “There are things that are planned. We do not want to talk about it, because of the reasons, of course, security and everything else.”
The President previously drew criticism for his decision to visit Arlington National Cemetery to mark Veterans Day, after his trip to Europe. He later said that he “visited” should be a cemetery, but was busy with official business.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Gregg Re, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.