Speaking from al-Asad air base, just west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the U.S. president said he expects "a lot of people are going to come around to my way of thinking" on the pullout. -Iraqi military base west of Baghdad, the day after Christmas.
Last week, Trump said that he would withdraw all USA soldiers in Syria, a decision that was met with shock within the United States government as well as regional allies.
Some observers say the Trump administration's decision to withdraw about 2,000 United States troops in the war-torn country amounts to abandoning these Kurdish allies.
While the president has visited with troops in the US multiple times since he took office, this was his first visit to a combat zone.
President Donald Trump has made an unannounced visit to Iraq to visit USA troops stationed there.
Trump said he has "no plans at all" to order a withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, similar to what he ordered for U.S. troops in Syria last week.
Trump has had an uneven relationship with America's military.
Many Republican and Democratic lawmakers have heaped scorn on Trump for his sudden order last week to withdraw from Syria.
Faced with growing criticism on his failure to build his anti-immigration wall on the border with Mexico, trump wants to score positive headlines and buy himself more time by delivering on his other key campaign promises, including returning troops back home. You've had enough time. We've knocked them out. Trump has said IS militants have been eradicated, but the latest estimate is that IS still holds about 60 square miles (100 square km) of territory in that region of Syria, although fighters also fled the area and are in hiding in other pockets of the country. "They should be sharing the burden of costs and they're not". "They don't pay for it and they're going to have to".
US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq
"The United States can not continue to be the policeman of the world", Trump told reporters soon after he addressed American soldiers.
In his interaction with reporters, Trump described how he gave "the generals" multiple six-month "extensions" to get out of Syria.
Trump campaigned for office on a platform of ending US involvement in foreign trouble spots, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Trump has argued that the U.S. now no longer needs to be present in Syria as the ISIS terror group has been defeated.
A decade-and-a-half later, the US-led war on the false pretext of finding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction has killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and some 5,000 American troops without yielding any meaningful results. On Wednesday, Trump downplayed the possibility that a vacuum of US military power in Syria could allow ISIS to rebuild.
Sabah al-Saadi, the leader of the Islah parliamentary bloc, called for an emergency session of the Iraqi parliament "to discuss this blatant violation of Iraq's sovereignty and to stop these aggressive actions by Trump who should know his limits: The US occupation of Iraq is over".
"In fact we could use this as the base if we wanted to do something in Syria", he told troops at the Al Asad base.
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