MAGA hat, campaign rhetoric cast cloud over Trump Iraq visit
MAGA hat, campaign rhetoric cast cloud over Trump Iraq visit
After Trump visit, Iraqi lawmakers demand U.S. withdrawal
28 December, 2018, 13:55
President Trump visited American military forces in Iraq on Wednesday, a surprise trip and the first visit to troops stationed overseas in a combat zone by a commander in chief who has made withdrawing the United States from foreign wars a signature issue. If you look closely enough, you can see the fabric gather at her knees when she walks, as one Twitter user points out.
Trump also drew criticism in the USA for repeating a previously debunked claim that he had secured military members a pay raise for the first time in 10 years, when in fact the Pentagon has increased pay each year.
As The Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Paul Sonne reported, the pay raise Trump authorized this year amounted to 2.6 percent, not 10 percent. "We've got 30,000 troops in Germany".
"One big danger is imbuing in the American people's mind that the military's loyalty is not to them, but to Donald Trump", he said. 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.
Trump had faced criticism for not yet visiting USA troops stationed in harm's way as he comes up on his two-year mark in office.
Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made the unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base about a week after the President made the controversial decision to pull US troops out of Syria, which borders Iraq.
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Pakistani foreign minister hails talks between US, Taliban President Donald) Trump would bring home the troops abruptly", said Graeme Smith, a consultant for the International Crisis Group. Pakistan has welcomed U.S. president Donald Trump's plan to reduce the number of United States troops in Syria .
No policy violations have been brought to the military's attention at this time, said Capt. Christopher Bowyer-Meeder, a spokesperson for the US Air Force, Europe. It's been more than 10 years.
"'Cause it's been a long time, it's been more than 10 years". In an interaction with reporters during his surprise visit to Iraq, Trump said he wants to visit the border wall before the State of the Union Address next year. But diplomatically, Trump's visit did not go well - and according to the Associated Press, he offended some Iraqi officials so much that they are now demanding that USA forces leave the country.
The president also stated - incorrectly - that he had authorized the first military pay increase in a decade.
While you were stuffing your face with Aunt Cathy's holiday pudding, Trump and Melania chose to visit the troops in Iraq. Trump's visit was the first by a US president since Barack Obama met with then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at a USA base outside Baghdad in 2009.
"Eight years ago, we went there for three months and we never left", he said, adding the U.S presence in Syria was never meant to be "open-ended".
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In recent months, however, there has been a renewed effort to make progress on peace talks with the Taliban. The announcement came just one day after President Trump announced a military withdrawal from Syria .
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