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Trump Visits Troops in Iraq: 'We're No Longer the Suckers' - Page 2

President's surprise trip is his first to a combat zone
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2018 1:41 PM CST
Updated Dec 26, 2018 2:52 PM CST

  • Official reason: "President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted.
  • Long awaited: Trump had been under increasing pressure to visit troops abroad, notes Politico. Barack Obama and George W. Bush, for instance, visited Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times. Earlier this year, Trump had said he didn't think making such a trip was "overly necessary."
  • Tumultuous times: The visit, of course, comes on the heels of the resignation of defense chief James Mattis over the Syria decision, making this the "biggest week of turmoil the Pentagon has faced during his presidency," per the Washington Post. Trump said Wednesday that acting chief Patrick Shanahan "could be there for a long time."
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