President Trump and the primary woman appeared in Iraq on Wednesday for a shock go to with troops and senior army management at Al Asad Air Base, the place he mentioned he has “no plans in any respect” to take away any of the 5,000 U.S. troops from the nation.
Trump’s go to — his first as president to a fight zone — comes on the heels of his announcement about pulling troops out of Syria and the rumored removing of hundreds of troops in Afghanistan.
The president was joined on the air base by Nationwide Safety Adviser John Bolton for conferences with political and army leaders. The president spent round three hours on the bottom with First Girl Melania Trump vesting U.S. Troops, based on Reuters.
“President Trump and the First Girl traveled to Iraq late on Christmas evening to go to with our troops and Senior Navy management to thank them for his or her service, their success, and their sacrifice and to want them a Merry Christmas,” White Home Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted.
Trump’s shock go to to the area got here per week after he declared ISIS had been “defeated” in Syria in a tweet and ordered all American diplomats and troopers in a foreign country.
The U.S. first deployed troops to Syria in 2015 through the Obama administration as a part of a partnership with Kurdish-led forces in opposition to ISIS. A 12 months earlier than the deployment, U.S. airstrikes additionally started in Syria.
Outgoing Protection Secretary Jim Mattis signed orders on Sunday to drag all American troops out of Syria within the coming weeks, a senior protection official informed Fox Information. Pentagon officers on the time refused to debate specifics, together with the timeline, citing operational safety for the roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria.
The president informed reporters touring with him that he needs to get U.S. troopers residence from Syria and that Iraq can nonetheless be used as a base to stage assaults on Islamic State militants if wanted, based on the Related Press.
Trump added that if wanted, the U.S. can assault IS “so quick and so arduous” that they “will not know what the hell occurred.”
“I believe lots of people are going to return round to my mind-set. It is time for us to start out utilizing our head,” he informed reporters.
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Final month, Trump hinted he would quickly go to troops deployed in a struggle zone.
In an unique interview on “Fox Information Sunday,” Trump was requested by host Chris Wallace why he hadn’t visited the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan within the two years he is served as commander in chief.
“Properly, I believe you will note that occur,” the president mentioned after Wallace famous that Obama and former President George W. Bush had every visited troopers in struggle zones. “There are issues which are being deliberate. We don’t need to speak about it due to — clearly due to safety causes and all the pieces else.”
The president beforehand drew criticism for his resolution to not go to Arlington Nationwide Cemetery to mark Veterans Day, following his journey to Europe. He mentioned later he “ought to have” visited the cemetery however was too busy with official enterprise.
Fox Information’ Lucas Tomlinson, Gregg Re and The Related Press contributed to this report.