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Trump Returns to U.S. from Surprise Trip to Iraq

Trump Returns to U.S. from Surprise Trip to Iraq

While you were stuffing your face with Aunt Cathy's holiday pudding, Trump and Melania chose to visit the troops in Iraq.

"These people are going to have to start doing a lot of their own work and they're going to have to start paying for it because the United States can not continue to be the policeman of the world", Trump told reporters.

The president reportedly said that he has "no plans at all" to remove US troops from Iraq, but is planning to remove USA troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

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

After departing Iraq, Trump stopped over at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, where he and First Lady Melania Trump shook hands and greeted some of the hundreds of troops gathered in a hangar.

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 spoke at the rally. Former President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush had made numerous trips to Iraq and Afghanistan. Trump's defense secretary resigned last week after the Syria troop decision, writing in a departure letter the President deserved a military chief more aligned with his worldview.

Following Bush's first visit to Iraq, he would return to the country three more times. "GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.!" the president tweeted. Instead, there may be plans to use Iraq as a military base to carry out operations on Syria and fight the Islamic State.

"A lot of people are going to come around to my way of thinking", Trump said of his decision on Wednesday in remarks to a small group of reporters traveling with him.

Iraqi lawmakers also took aim at Trump's visit, arguing it was a violation of their country's sovereignty.

The Bina bloc, Islah's rival in parliament and led by Iran-backed militia leader Hadi al-Amiri, also objected to Trump's trip to Iraq.

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. "You can't shove them on someone else". He went against the views of his top national security advisers in announcing the Syria withdrawal, a decision that risks creating a vacuum for extremists to thrive.

"We demand all U.S. troops to leave Iraq and Iraqi government should consider them as occupiers".

Trump posted the video to his Twitter account from Air Force One after the plane left Iraqi air space. He told The Associated Press in October that he didn't think such a visit was "overly necessary". He also visited Afghanistan once.

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