US President Donald Trump went to Al Asad Air Base in
Iraq on Wednesday to meet with American troops, an unannounced visit and his first to an active combat zone since taking office in 2016, the White House said.”It took him 706 days, but it finally happened: Donald Trump visited troops in a combat zone, an unannounced 3-hour trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq reports WH.
President Trump along with first lady Melania Trump traveled to Iraq to visit U.S. troops on the day after Christmas, an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.
Information of President visit by the tweet by press secretary Sarah Sanders. It’s the president’s first such visit since taking office nearly two years ago.
Trump stayed there for three hours and delivered a speech, his decision to withdraw American forces from Syria.
Trump described how he gave commanders multiple six-month extensions to get out of Syria, according to a pool report.
Trump said: “They said again, recently, ‘Can we have more time?’ I said, ‘Nope. You can’t have any more time. You’ve had enough time.’ ”
The work fighting the Islamic State is finished, Trump said. “We’ve knocked them out. We’ve knocked them silly.”
Trump suggested that Turkey’s military might take up the fight against the Islamic State.
“I will tell you that I’ve had some very good talks with President [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan who wants to knock them out also and he’ll do it. And others will do it, too. Because we are in their region. They should be sharing the burden of costs, and they’re not.”
However Trump was criticized for his visit to Iraq as violation of Iraq’s Sovereignty.
Iraqi political and militia leaders condemned US President Donald Trump’s surprise visit to US troops in Iraq on Wednesday as a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty, and lawmakers said a meeting between Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi was canceled due to a disagreement over venue.