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.
— 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
BREAKING NOW: President Trump and the First Lady Surprise US Troops in Iraq
President Trump and First Lady Melania surprised American troops in Iraq Wednesday; meeting with service men and women and military leadership just days after announcing his decision to withdraw US soldiers from Syria.
“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,” confirmed Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
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. pic.twitter.com/s2hntnRwpw
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) December 26, 2018
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
CALIFORNIA CHAOS: ‘ISIS FIGHTER’ Arrested in Sacramento, Set for DEPORTATION to IRAQ
A man accused of killing an Iraqi police officer under orders from the Islamic State was arrested in Sacramento, California this week; setting the stage for his deportation to stand trial in Baghdad in the coming months.
According to CBS Sacramento, Omar Abdulsattar Ameen was taken into custody after Iraqi officials asked the US government to extradite the suspected gunman.
The incident occurred in June 2014 when ISIS seized control of al-Anbar province.
“The government of Iraq has charged Ameen with premeditated murder that happened during an ISIS takeover of the Rawah District of the Al-Anbar Province. ISIS took control of the area on June 21, 2014, and the next day investigators say Ameen was part of a four-vehicle ISIS convoy that opened fire on a home of a former Iraqi police officer on June 22,” writes CBS.
“It makes me nervous. We were shocked, didn’t suspect anything like that,” said Ameen’s California neighbor. “He didn’t do anything out of the ordinary to make you feel suspicious, just a friendly Muslim, family man.”
“It’s a wakeup call that bad guys can end up anywhere in the world,” added a federal prosecutor.
Read the full report here.