Trump finally hews to ritual of meeting troops in harm's way

Trump finally hews to ritual of meeting troops in harm's way

Trump finally hews to ritual of meeting troops in harm's way

Speaking to host Don Lemon, Hertling was highly critical of how Trump handled the troop visit.

The Iranian-backed Islamic Dawa Party, Mahdi's political party, said in a statement released Thursday that President Trump's visit to one of Iraq's military bases occurred "in a way that has no respect for the country sovereignty or the norms of diplomacy".

It comes a week after Trump stunned his national security advisers by announcing that he would withdraw USA troops from neighboring Syria where they have been fighting Islamic State militants.

"Because of these gains, our service members in Syria can now return home to their families", Trump said.

Some of the troops even showed up prepared to meet Trump, as they brought their red "Make America Great Again" hats in hopes to have them signed by the president.

"President Trump just can't win, ever, with the media", she said.

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Kennedy argued that Trump's comments speak to the bravery of soldiers. It is his first visit with troops stationed in a troubled region.

According to a report in Newsweek, during Trump and Melania's surprise visit, the president asked Lieutenant Commander Kyu Lee, the chaplain of Navy Seal Team 5, to pose for a picture with him.

Addressing troops at an air base in western Iraq late Wednesday, Trump defended his decision to pull forces from neighboring Syria, declaring of Islamic State militants: "We've knocked them out". The next paragraph pointed out that the trip "follows months of public pressure for him to spend time with troops deployed to conflicts in the Middle East and punctuates the biggest week of turmoil the Pentagon has faced during his presidency". Trump has said IS militants have been eradicated, but they still hold a patch of territory in that region of Syria, although fighters also have fled the area and are in hiding in other pockets of the country. 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.

The president's decision to exit Syria stunned national security advisers and allies, including Iraq, and prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. But Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on the flight back that the Iraqi leader had agreed to come.

"If you would have seen what we had to go through in the darkened plane with all windows closed with no light anywhere - pitch black", he said. "So we're going to be having the best equipment ever known". He also visited Afghanistan once.

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