Trump makes first visit to USA troops in harm's way

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Shortly after his first visit to U.S. troops stationed in a war zone, President Trump posted a video on Twitter that showed him posing for pictures with service members who appear to be from SEAL Team Five in Iraq - without shielding their face, a report said.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet members of the United States military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on December 26, 2018.

"Is anybody here willing to give up the big pay raise you just got?"

"You haven't gotten [a pay raise] in more than 10 years - more than 10 years", he told the men and women at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.

The pay raise Trump authorized this year amounted to 2.6 percent, not 10 percent. "Can someone tell me why @FLOTUS got off of Marine One without trousers and shoes and wearing sunglasses at night?"

"One big danger is imbuing in the American people's mind that the military's loyalty is not to them, but to Donald Trump", he said.

What's more, American troops have received a pay hike every year for decades.

Shortly after President Trump's announcement last Wednesday, U.S. officials had said it was likely that the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria could all be pulled out in 30 days.

President Donald Trump may have inadvertently unmasked a Navy SEAL team during his short visit to a USA base in Iraq this week.

"We've knocked them out", he said.

Trump, making his first presidential visit to troops in the troubled region, said he has no plans to withdraw the 5,200 USA personnel in the country.

"I made it clear from the beginning that our mission in Syria was to strip ISIS of its military strongholds", said Trump, who wore an olive green bomber style jacket as he was welcomed by chants of "USA!" Make it more than 10%'.

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".

Still, the US and Iraq developed considerable military and intelligence ties in the war against IS, and they continue to pay off in operations against militants gone into hiding. "Forty percent of the Germans want us out of Germany".

In one case, US District Judge Randolph Moss in Washington denied the government's request to delay briefing deadlines in a suit challenging Trump's new restrictions on immigrants seeking asylum.

While Trump's nationalist and populist appeals about ending U.S. wars in the Middle East may enjoy a measure of support among soldiers who have been subjected to unending deployments, the most significant element of his speech was the vow that the USA will not withdraw its troops from Iraq. Trump's visit was the first by a US president since Barack Obama met with then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at a USA base outside Baghdad in 2009. "We're no longer the suckers, folks".

But for the last few months, Trump has indicated that he planned to reverse course and tighten the Defense Department's belt.

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