Trump finally hews to ritual of meeting troops in harm's way

Trump finally hews to ritual of meeting troops in harm's way

In an unannounced trip to Iraq on Wednesday, President Donald Trump staunchly defended his decision to withdraw US forces from neighboring Syria despite a drumbeat of criticism from military officials and allies who don't think the job fighting Islamic State militants there is over.

A United States military official told CNN the MAGA hats that Trump signed at the Ramstein Air Base event in Germany were personal and brought there by military personnel in hopes of getting an autograph. And announce. we're going to use it as a site from which we'll conduct combat operations in other nations. I got you a big one. "George in one session says 'it's not a lie if you believe it.'. Make it more than 10 percent, '" Trump added. I got you a big one. Trump, aided by congressional action, did reverse the subsequent six-year trend that began in 2011 of pay raises that hovered between 1 and 2 percent.

Shortly after President Trump's announcement last Wednesday, U.S. officials had said it was likely that the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria could all be pulled out in 30 days.

Trump, making his first presidential visit to troops in a troubled region Wednesday, said he has no plans to withdraw the 5,200 USA forces in the country. They said, 'You know, we can make it smaller.

The president defended his decision to withdraw 2,000 US forces from neighboring Syria, saying the USA military had all but eliminated IS-controlled territory there. We can make it 4 percent.' I said, 'No. "Been more than 10 years, that's a long time".

This isn't the first time Trump has made this inaccurate claim.

Trump doubled down in early December, calling his own military spending boost "crazy".

Trump has taken considerable criticism for declining to visit in the first two years of his presidency.

Some of the most exposed American forces are those advising and assisting Kurdish allies as they fight the last ISIS holdout areas close to the border with Iraq. Among other examples, Trump in May 2017 famously revealed Israeli intelligence details in a private conversation with the Russian ambassador to the USA just hours after Trump had fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

According to a report in Newsweek, during Trump and Melania's surprise visit, the president asked Lieutenant Commander Kyu Lee, the chaplain of Navy Seal Team 5, to pose for a picture with him. In fact, the increase in 2018 was just 2.4%, according to the Department of Defense figures. Under President George H.W. Bush, the USA went to war with Iraq in 1990/1991 in response to the invasion of Kuwait-although the Persian Gulf War/Operation Desert Storm was a relatively short conflict compared to what came in the post-9/11 era.

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