In a first, Trump makes surprise visit to U.S. troops in Iraq

In a first, Trump makes surprise visit to U.S. troops in Iraq
In a first, Trump makes surprise visit to U.S. troops in Iraq

President Donald Trump made a surprise Christmas visit to U.S. troops in Iraq on Wednesday, his first trip to a conflict zone nearly two years into his presidency and days after announcing a pullout of American troops from neighboring Syria.

Trump was looking for some positive headlines after several days of turmoil over his decisions to withdraw the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, pull out half of the 14,000-strong contingent in Afghanistan, and push out Defense Secretary James Mattis two months earlier than planned for criticizing his policies.

Source: News Agencies