Trump accidentally identifies secret Navy SEAL team in video post

Trump had faced scrutiny for putting off a visit to the troops.

Bush told reporters that had any word of the visit leaked, he would have had to turn around.

President Donald Trump spoke at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday.

Trump has drawn fire from some in the US military for not having visited USA troops in conflict zones since taking office in January 2017, particularly after he canceled a trip to a World War One cemetery in France last month due to rain.

She said that she'd never consider the "suckers", and that Trump's comments were disrespectful to servicemen and women.

The President and First Lady were seen shaking hands with the soldiers, who were wearing full battle gear and night vision goggles.

Some of the troops even showed up prepared to meet Trump, as they brought their red "Make America Great Again" hats in hopes to have them signed by the president.

Sanders emphasized that President Trump and the prime minister had a good call and that Trump invited the prime minister to visit the White House and the prime minister accepted. George W. Bush made four trips to Iraq as president and President Barack Obama made one. "However, AD members will not engage in partisan political activities and all military personnel will avoid the inference that their political activities imply or appear to imply DoD sponsorship, approval or endorsement of a political candidate, campaign or cause", the DOD states.

'Operational security is the most important aspect of personnel deployments, ' Malcolm Nance, a former U.S. Navy intelligence specialist who has experience in Iraq, told Newsweek.

According to the New York Times the president told reporters that he has no plans to withdraw troops from Iraq.

Addressing troops at an air base in western Iraq late Wednesday, Trump defended his decision to pull forces from neighboring Syria, declaring of Islamic State militants: "We've knocked them out".

Trump posed for a selfie with Navy Lieutenant Commander Kyu Lee, who said he was the chaplain for Seal Team Five, based out of Coronado, California, the report said.

Iraqi lawmakers also took aim at Trump's visit, arguing it was a violation of their country's sovereignty.

Politico, meanwhile, painted Trump as incompetent in a story titled, "How Trump gave away his secret war zone trip".

Mattis was supposed to continue leading the Pentagon until late February but Trump moved up his exit and announced that Patrick Shanahan, deputy defense secretary, would take the job on January 1 and he was in "no rush" to nominate a new defense chief.

"We demand all United States troops to leave Iraq and Iraqi government should consider them as occupiers".

I'm sure we'll be hearing about it if he said anything to question the existence of Santa Claus during his visit.

"I was fully prepared to turn this baby around and come home", he said.

Trump had planned to spend Christmas at his private club in Florida, but stayed behind in Washington due to the shutdown. "The U.S. occupation of Iraq is over".

  • Tracy Klein