Donald and Melania Trump make a surprise visit to Iraq to wish troops a Merry Christmas after being criticized for failing to visit a war zone for the first two years of his presidency

Wednesday, December 26, 2018
By Paul Martin

26 December 2018

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to Iraq on Wednesday — their first visit to a war zone.

The secret trip came amid speculation that President Trump was not at the White House, because he had not tweeted for hours and the marine that stands guard when he’s in the Oval Office was not outside the West Wing.

In photos distributed by Reuters, the president and first lady posed for photos with the troops.

President Trump had said he would visit Afghanistan soon but visited Iraq over the Christmas holiday, instead, several days after announcing that he will be pulling U.S. troops out of Syria.

In a statement posted on Twitter, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed the visit in a tweet shortly after Reuters shared the photos of the president.

‘President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas,’ she said.

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