President Trump makes surprise Christmas visit to troops in Iraq

President Trump makes surprise Christmas visit to troops in Iraq

After leaving Iraq, the president's plane stopped at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany to refuel, giving him a second opportunity to visit us troops overseas.

For Bush's mission, it was not until after Air Force One was in the sky that the public was notified.

"I had concerns about the institution of the presidency - not for myself personally", the president said.

President Donald Trump arrived in Iraq late on Christmas Day to meet with USA troops, the White House revealed Wednesday.

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First lady Melania Trump, left, and President Donald Trump stand together on stage during a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. "Three hours out, I checked with our Secret Service and checked with the people on the ground". Such a move would reflect one of the strategies proposed by the Pentagon after he announced his decision to withdraw troops from that country. I got you a big one.

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"Him saying today we're not leaving Iraq. shows that we're still in the fight", she said.

Despite the secrecy that went into Trump's voyage, there were rumors circulating on social media involving a possible Trump visit to the Middle East.

"'Cause it's been a long time, it's been more than 10 years".

For the visit, which was unscheduled, Melania broke first lady precedent by travelling to an active combat zone.

Trump had previously faced criticism for not visiting troops in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Politico, which reported White House claims that the trip had been planned for six weeks, stated that President Trump "can't seem to keep a secret" - though it added: "Despite all the rumors, the specifics of Trump's trip were closely held".

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