President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to Iraq on Wednesday — their first visit to a war zone since the sitting president took office nearly two years ago.
The White House said in a statement that the Trumps secretly traveled to Iraq yesterday evening, on Christmas, to wish service men and women a happy holiday.
Trump was in the country for more than two hours before the White House confirmed his whereabouts, a report in Bloomberg News indicated.
In a speech to the rank and file at Al Asad Airbase the president said he does not plan to withdrawal troops from Iraq and could use the site as the home base for future operations in the region.
‘If we see something happening with ISIS that we don’t like, we can hit them so fast and so hard they really won’t know what the hell happened,’ the president said. ‘We’ve knocked them silly.’