President Trump touched-down in Iraq this week to greet US soldiers during the Christmas holiday; speaking to a packed crowd of service men and women before holding high-level talks with military leadership.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders posted footage of the Commander-in-Chief addressing the American troops during his three hour visit on social media Wednesday, when the crowd broke out into a touching “USA” chant as Trump took the stage.
President @realDonaldTrump speaks to U.S. troops in Iraq. #TrumpTroopsVisit #USA pic.twitter.com/9CSdO8AwWD
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 26, 2018
The president’s visit comes just days after he announced the withdrawal of American troops from civil-war torn Syria; saying the US mission to destroy ISIS in the region was accomplished.
AL QAEDA RETURNS: Terror Leader Calls for ‘NEW JIHAD’ Against US
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri resurfaced over the weekend after months of hiding and questions over his health; releasing a five-minute video that called for a new “jihad” against the United States and its western allies.
The video, titled “Tel Aviv is Also a Land of Muslims” slammed the Trump administration for its decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, saying the Americans were “clear and explicit” in their “modern crusade” against Muslims across the world.
“[Americans] are the first enemy of the Muslims, and swore that it will not dream of security until it is lived in reality in Palestine, and until all the armies of disbelief leave the land of Muhammad,” he added.
Zawahiri took control of the global terror network after US forced killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, choosing to avoid the spotlight after the United States shifted its anti-terror efforts to focus on ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Despite the warnings, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes the Mideast peace process is “decidedly not dead,” telling Fox News “We’re hard at work on it. We hope we can achieve a successful outcome there as well.”
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WHOOPS! Media Trashes Trump for ‘Not Visiting Troops’ Hours Before Landing in Iraq
The mainstream media unloaded on President Trump over the Christmas holiday for being the “first president since 2002” not to visit American troops during the holiday season; all while the Commander-in-Chief was quietly traveling to Iraq late Tuesday evening.
“President Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime,” posted MSNBC Christmas day.
President Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime. https://t.co/XinRIbRjgX
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 25, 2018
“Donald Trump breaks tradition by not visiting troops at Christmas,” writes Complex.
Donald Trump breaks tradition by not visiting troops at Christmas. https://t.co/USZmCeVrYx pic.twitter.com/zKrf1PUyHl
— Complex (@Complex) December 26, 2018
“Though he called military personnel on Tuesday, Trump did not visit a hospital or a military base,” added NBC News’ Lester Holt.
Though he called military personnel on Tuesday, Trump did not visit a hospital or a military base.https://t.co/aAtRfjrq4S
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) December 25, 2018