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MSNBC Panelist Attacks Trump For Visiting Troops In Iraq

MSNBC Panelist Attacks Trump For Visiting Troops In Iraq

Air Force One, lights out and window shutters drawn, flew overnight from Washington, landing at an airbase west of Baghdad in darkness Wednesday evening.

"It's not fair when the burden is all on us", he said. He said that's a job that should be shouldered by other rich nations - reiterating his America First policies and an ideology that challenges America's roles as global cop.

He said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to take out "any remnants" of IS left in Syria.

The first couple, greeting military personnel at the dining facility during an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base.

Mr Trump was expected to make two stops on his post-Christmas trip, delivering a holiday message to the more than 5,000 American forces stationed in the country.

The American-led invasion in 2003 toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, but for several years afterward U.S. troops engaged in extended fighting across the country, battling an insurgency and later sectarian violence.

They and other officials warned Trump that leaving the region now would allow for ISIS, or another terror group, to regain a foothold.

Mieke Eoyang, Vice President of Third Way National Security, made the remarks moments after news broke that the president and first lady made the trip. Much of the USA campaign in Syria has been waged by warplanes flying out of Qatar and other locations in the Middle East.

U.S. forces, accompanied by Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters, drive their armored vehicles near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah, on the border with Turkey, April 28, 2017. A year before the deployment, US airstrikes also began in Syria.

But he has been criticised by some in the USA military for not visiting troops in conflict zones since taking office in January 2017.

Donald Trump in Iraq
President Donald Trump visits with members of the military at a dining hall at Al Asad Air Base Iraq on Dec. 26 2018

After he canceled a rainy-day visit to an American cemetery outside of Paris last month during a World War I battlefield commemoration, he told Chris Wallace, the Fox News anchor, that he had not visited troops overseas because of "an unbelievably busy schedule".

All of roughly 2,000 American troops were ordered out of Syria, Fox News was told last weekend.

Trump told reporters he had overruled generals asking to extend the Syria deployment, where about 2,000 USA forces and other foreign troops mostly assist local fighters battling the Islamic State jihadist group. He was followed out the exit by Brett McGurk, the United States special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition who Trump claims not to know. "We don't want to be taken advantage of any more by countries that use us and use our incredible military to protect them". "We've knocked them silly".

The Afghanistan withdrawal order came alongside Trump's abrupt announcement last week that he would pull all 2000 U.S. troops from Syria, a decision made against the counsel of his top advisers and without warning allies in the fight there against the Islamic State. You've had enough time.

Left-wing Salon.com, for example, reported initially that Trump had failed to visit the troops during Christmastime, then changed its story and headline, but retained the anti-Trump spin.

He visited Afghanistan four times while in office.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, right, and senior military leadership, speaks to members of the media at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.

Trump said Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, whom he named on Sunday to replace Mattis in an acting capacity starting on January 1, "could be there for a long time".

George W. Bush made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to troops in Iraq following the invasion in 2003 and traveled back three additional times as president. "There are things that are being planned".

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