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In a first, Trump makes surprise visit to USA troops in Iraq

28 December 2018

Trump had previously faced criticism for not visiting troops in Iraq or Afghanistan.

"These people are going to have to start doing a lot of their own work and they're going to have to start paying for it because the United States can not continue to be the policeman of the world", Trump told reporters.

From inside a dun-colored, domed tent on Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, President Donald Trump answered reporter's questions on Wednesday in front of senior USA military officials, outlining his strategy in the region.

"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.

It's unclear whether his trip to Iraq was added after it became apparent that the government would be shut down indefinitely due to a stalemate between Trump and congressional Democrats over the president's demand for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. George W. Bush made four trips to Iraq as president and President Barack Obama made one.

Members of the military cheered as President Trump spoke at the rally. "There is a lot of guys in the military we are like 'maybe we should put America first.' It's so insane that these networks find a reason to nitpick this president in every way, while he's overseas with the troops".

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President Trump bragged Wednesday to troops stationed in Iraq that he had secured them a massive pay raise, repeating a false claim he's made repeatedly on the campaign trail.

While there has been no full-scale violence in Iraq since Islamic State suffered a series of defeats a year ago, US troops train and advise Iraqi forces still waging a campaign against the militant group.

A meeting between Trump and Abdul-Mahdi scheduled to take place in Baghdad on Wednesday was canceled because of a "variation of views", Iraqi Prime Minister's media office said in a statement released Wednesday. "Trump's visit is a flagrant and clear violation of diplomatic norms and shows his disdain and hostility in his dealings with the Iraqi government", the political group said. Sadr, whose militia was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops at the height of the Iraq War, won the most seats in Iraq's election for his movement earlier this year and is a frequent critic of both American and Iranian involvement in Iraq.

Trump also greeted troops at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany during a refueling stop.

According to Trump, the flight into Iraq was unlike anything he had previously experienced.

They're even wearing kneepads, so you could say things are getting pretty serious. "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". The Pentagon is also said to be developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops still serving in Afghanistan.

In a first, Trump makes surprise visit to USA troops in Iraq