On visit to Iraq, President Trump defends withdrawal from Syria

President Donald Trump’s military pay rise claims have been rubbished by a renowned journalist

President Donald Trump’s military pay rise claims have been rubbished by a renowned journalist

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One at the end of an unannounced visit with U.S. troops in Iraq, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. December 27, 2018.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the White House on Thursday after making a surprise visit to troops in Iraq.

But Trump stressed during his visit that he had no intention of pulling troops out of Iraq, which he said could be used as a future base "if we wanted to do something in Syria".

The president said that because of gains made against ISIS in Syria, US forces there were able to return home. Trump sought to highlight the achievements of the four year war on ISIS, including what he said was the liberation of 20,000 square miles of territory and 3 million civilians.

"If anything should happen at all, nobody will ever have suffered the consequences they had suffered", Trump said. It was his first visit to United States forces overseas and comes in the wake of Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria.

In his interaction with reporters, Trump described how he gave "the generals" multiple six-month "extensions" to get out of Syria.

The United States is now engaged in peace talks with the hope of ending a long-running stalemate between a resurgent Taliban and the Afghan government forces that Washington backs.

"You can't have any more time". You've had enough time.

An hour later they tweeted again, pondering whether the US President was on his way to Afghanistan.

"Because now that we have our military taken care of, we have our law enforcement taken care of, we can do things that we really weren't in a position to do when I first came", Trump said in October.

"I had concerns about the institution of the presidency". And others will do it too.

Other journalists and commenters joined in the calls to name and shame the service members, and even prosecute them under military laws, for sporting Trump campaign merchandise.

US troops are stationed in Iraq as part of the coalition against the Islamic State group. And in USA relations with Russia, Trump has resisted senators' demands to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin and condemn Russian intervention in Ukraine, while succumbing to political pressure to sign sanctions against the nation.

What is Trump's strategy for the region and what message is he trying to send?

"Melania appears to keep their torsos apart as they kiss, stretching her neck in to achieve face-closeness instead", she went on, claiming that this kissing style would be a norm for a greeting or farewell kiss between colleagues or friends, rather than spouses.

The US Department of Defence shows that defence pay has risen every year since 2007. We are spread out all over the world. "Frankly, it's ridiculous", he added.

The US has kept a sustained military presence in Iraq since the 2003 invasion launched by former President George W Bush.

It's reported Trump also wants to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan from 14,000 to 7,000.

Trump ran for the presidency in 2016 on a platform of bringing the troops home from Afghanistan and Syria, part of a strategy of ending almost two decades of USA military interventions he criticized as costly, ineffective and at odds with his "America First" foreign policy. "I'm going to a war zone", he had said.

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