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President Trump Returns to White House After Surprise Iraq Trip

President Trump Returns to White House After Surprise Iraq Trip

And then things got even worse: they started criticizing troops stationed overseas for daring to support Trump.

Trump falsely told service members at Al Asad Air Base that he'd gotten them their first pay raise in 10 years, saying it was more than 10 percent.

A person familiar with the planning, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the president's schedule, said the White House gave the Iraqis no advance notice and asked Iraqi officials to meet Trump at the air base - a request the Iraqis balked at.

News, which - as Breitbart News' Matt Boyle noted - initially reported, falsely, that Trump had not visited USA troops during "Christmastime".

"We'll be watching ISIS very closely", said Trump, who was joined by first lady Melania Trump, but no members of his Cabinet or lawmakers.

"President Trump just can't win, ever, with the media", she said.

Bush made three more trips to Iraq while in office. "However, AD members will not engage in partisan political activities and all military personnel will avoid the inference that their political activities imply or appear to imply DoD sponsorship, approval or endorsement of a political candidate, campaign or cause", the DOD states. In his first-ever visit to troops in a combat zone, Trump seemed to present a foreign policy doctrine that champions a perhaps untenable middle ground.

In between, media outlets that had earlier trumpeted Trump's supposed non-visit to the troops were spinning the news that he had, in fact, visited by noting that it was his first visit to a war zone since taking office.

A longer-term presence in Iraq provides Trump with a hedge against his withdrawal from Syria, a decision that was widely opposed by his advisers and which led to the resignation of his defense secretary, retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis.

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Sabah al-Saedi, head of a parliamentary bloc backed by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, called for an emergency session of the legislature to condemn Trump's "blatant violation of Iraq's sovereignty".

Iraq declared IS defeated within its borders in December 2017, but Trump's trip was shrouded in secrecy, which has been standard practice for presidents flying into conflict areas.

In a statement, he said Trump was "acting as if Iraq is a state under his authority" and must be informed "of his limits".

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was supposed to continue leading the Pentagon until late February, but Trump moved up his exit and announced that Patrick Shanahan, deputy defense secretary, would take the job on January 1. "And if they do not leave, we have the experience and the ability to remove them by other means that your forces are familiar with".

After the brief visit, when Air Force One had left Iraqi airspace, Trump posted a video on his Twitter feed.

"I was fully prepared to turn this baby around and come home", he said.

"We must end the page of the so-called global coalition, which controls the Iraqi airspace, under the pretext of tracking terrorist cells, which made the Iraqi aviation authorities do not know the entry of aircraft into our worldwide airspace and Iraqi air bases, that American soldiers located in some of them", Zamili said. "If we see something happening with ISIS that we don't like, we can hit them so fast and so hard" that they "really won't know what the hell happened".

Trump had planned to spend Christmas at his private club in Florida, but stayed behind in Washington due to the partial government shutdown. Sanders said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting with Iraq's Prime Minister in Baghdad on January 11.


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