President Donald Trump used a lightning visit to Iraq - his first with United States troops in a conflict zone since being elected - to defend the withdrawal from Syria and to declare an end to America's role as the global "policeman".
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the military as they arrive for a hangar rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. And announce. we're going to use it as a site from which we'll conduct combat operations in other nations. "And you just saw that, because you just got one of the biggest pay raises you've ever received", he said. "George in one session says 'it's not a lie if you believe it.'". More than 10 years. "We've got 30,000 troops in Germany. That was the hardest one to get, but you never had a chance of losing".
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.
Meanwhile, instead of covering the heartwarming occasion of the commander-in-chief's Christmas visit to a war zone, CNN ran an entire report suggesting that soldiers may have broken a military rule by bringing "Make America Great Again" hats for Trump to sign during the visit.
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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 could make it 4%.' I said: 'No. Make it 10 percent. It's been more than 10 years. "First time in 10 years", he said.
A Defense Department official who spoke to Newsweek on condition of anonymity also acknowledged that the video revealing the special ops troops' faces without blurring or otherwise censoring them was unusual.
Still, the US and Iraq developed considerable military and intelligence ties in the war against IS, and they continue to pay off in operations against militants gone into hiding.
The withdrawal of US troops from Syria has already forced the resignation of Pentagon chief James Mattis, who clearly was more popular in Washington than Trump himself, Kosachev added.
"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", said a statement from Bina. While 5,000 U.S. troops are now there, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle demanded that they leave on the grounds that his spontaneous appearance was arrogant and violated their nation's sovereignty, according to the Associated Press.