Trump Surprises Troops In Iraq With First Visit As Commander-In-Chief

Trump Surprises Troops In Iraq With First Visit As Commander-In-Chief


President Trump and the First Lady traveled on Air Force One to Iraq late Tuesday to visit with the troops in what was the president’s first such overseas visit as commander-in-chief. The timing of the visit was notable, coming just one week after the departure of Defense Secretary James Mattis who “resigned”/possible was fired over objections to Trump’s decision to pull US troops from Syria. Trump also ordered the withdrawal of 7,000 troops from Afghanistan last week.

For security reasons, journalists weren’t alerted until hours after Trump landed (hence the speculation about his whereabouts). During the trip, he delivered a speech to the troops and posed for photos.

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President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas.

The president will return to the US on Thursday to continue negotiations with Democrats after Nancy Pelosi said she would call for a vote on a funding bill on Jan. 3, the day the Dems take over the House.

As the Hill pointed out, Trump was expected to become the first president since George W Bush in 2002 to not visit troops on Christmas before news of his secret trip broke.

Read more about when no one knew where POTUS was.


(TLB) published this article from ZeroHedge with our thanks for the coverage from Tyler Durden.


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