Donning an olive-green bomber jacket, President Trump touched down in Iraq to pay a surprise visit to U.S. troops stationed in the country.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 26, 2018
The president, who has received criticism for not having visited U.S. troops overseas since taking office, smiled and posed for photos with U.S. personnel at Al Asad Air Base alongside First Lady Melania Trump.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2018
Trump also had a strong message to deliver about the U.S no longer being the policeman of the world, a message he delivered last week when he announced U.S troops would be exiting Syria.
“The United States cannot continue to be the policeman of the world,” Trump told reporters traveling with him. “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 are spread out all over the world,” Trump told reporters. “We are in countries most people haven’t even heard about. Frankly, it’s ridiculous.”
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 27, 2018
The President and First Lady spent the roughly three hours at the air base located just west of Baghdad before making another surprise stop at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany to meet with troops stationed there on the way back to Washington D.C.