Donald Trump’s first visit of troops in Iraq backfires as Iraqi lawmakers on both sides of the aisle demand U.S. troops withdraw from their country because his “spontaneous visit was arrogant.”
The lawmakers demanded that US troops leave their country on grounds that Trump’s “spontaneous appearance was arrogant and violated their nation’s sovereignty, the Associated Press reports.
He left without meeting any Iraqi officials, though he spoke to Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi by phone.
The prime minister’s office said in a statement after Trump’s visit that “differences in points of view” over arrangements led to a face-to-face meeting between the two leaders to be scrapped.
The U.S. currently has 5,000 troops stationed in Iraq. Trump also gave away the location of the U.S. Navy Seal Team when he posted a video with them on Twitter.
In the pool report of the trip — which was embargoed to help protect the Trumps’ safety in Iraq — the president asked the chaplain of Seal Team Five, Lieutenant Commander Kyu Lee, to take a picture with him, revealing the presence of the special ops team at the al-Asad Airbase in western Iraq.
When Trump left Iraqi airspace, he posted a video in which he and the First Lady pause for photos with members of Seal Team Five, decked in full battle gear and night vision goggles.
Trump not only insulted Iraqis on his first visit, but he lied to soldiers about military pay raises, falsely attacked the Democrats over his border wall disaster, attacked our allies and used the soldiers as props for a campaign event. Source: New York Magazine
Trump also lied about military pay raises, falsely attacked the Democrats over his disastrous government shutdown, and used the soldiers as props for what amounted to another campaign rally complete with him signing MAGA hats.