Trump Put U.S. Troops in ‘Very Bad Position’

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President Trump and the First Lady make a surprise visit to troops in Iraq

It was a day late to qualify as the kind of iconic holiday trip to celebrate with US troops that George W. Bush pulled off on Thanksgiving Day in 2003.

Trump falsely told service members at Al Asad Air Base that he'd gotten them their first pay raise in 10 years, saying it was more than 10 percent.

President Donald Trump spoke at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday.

"Trump sets new Christmas record: Finally makes first visit to combat troops", it reported, adding that "Trump's loyalty to his country has been called into question since the beginning of his presidency" because of allegations - still unfounded - of Russian Federation "collusion".

She said that she'd never consider the "suckers", and that Trump's comments were disrespectful to servicemen and women.

It shows Trump flashing a thumbs-up as he and the first lady, Melania Trump, stand with troops who appear to be from Seal Team Five, and then shaking hands with the service members, who are outfitted in combat fatigues, helmets and night vision goggles.

It was set to Lee Greenwood's God Bless the United States of America, a song that the President frequently plays at his campaign rallies.

"I made it clear from the beginning that our mission in Syria was to strip ISIS of its military strongholds", said Trump, who wore an olive green bomber-style jacket as chants of "USA!"

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Following Bush's first visit to Iraq, he would return to the country three more times. "US!" and speakers blaring Lee Greenwood's song, "God Bless the U.S.".

Trump's visit to Iraq did not clarify his administration's position in the Middle East so much as underscore his apparently competing desires to both withdraw from the world and to project military power and strength.

A meeting between Trump and Abdul-Mahdi scheduled to take place in Baghdad on Wednesday was canceled because of a "variation of views", Iraqi Prime Minister's media office said in a statement released Wednesday.

Sabah al-Saedi, head of a parliamentary bloc backed by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, called for an emergency session of the legislature to condemn Trump's "blatant violation of Iraq's sovereignty".

The video with the SEALs faces is available on Trump's Twitter, but Raw Story has chosen not to run it to protect their identities.

But, later, aboard Air Force One, White House Press Secretary Sanders suggested that Trump was still planning a pitched fight. "We've knocked them silly".

But those decisions have been unpopular among even his own national security team, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned last week.

According to Trump, the flight into Iraq was unlike anything he had previously experienced. "If we see something happening with ISIS that we don't like, we can hit them so fast and so hard" that they "really won't know what the hell happened". He also visited Afghanistan once.

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