Published: Fri, December 28, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Iraqi lawmakers demand United States withdrawal after Trump visit

Iraqi lawmakers demand United States withdrawal after Trump visit

U.S. Air Forces Europe said troops holding "Make America Great Again" hats during President Donald Trump's visit Thursday to Ramstein Air Base were not in violation of military rules that prohibit taking part in partisan activities while in uniform.

"A U.S. military official told CNN the MAGA hats that Trump signed at the Ramstein Air Base event in Germany were personal and brought there by military personnel in hopes of getting an autograph", CNN reported. "Then they said, 'Give us another six months.' I said, 'Go get them.' Then they said 'Can we have one more, like, period of six months?' I said". I got you a big one.

"The nations of the region must step up and take more responsibility for their future", said Trump. "Make it 10%. Make it more than 10%'". "We've got 30,000 troops in Germany".

Trump was wrong: According to the Department of Defense, active members of the military have received a pay increase every year since 1983.

Troops will receive a 2.6 percent - not 10 percent - pay hike for 2019; they got a 2.4 percent pay hike in 2018.

For the first time since he became president two years ago, Donald Trump visited American troops in a conflict zone - Iraq.

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President Donald Trump may have inadvertently unmasked a Navy SEAL team during his short visit to a United States base in Iraq this week. "But, you know, they were sort of excited the commander in chief was there and willing to blow by it".

President Trump's surprise visit to Iraq has brought the issue of a continued, long-term USA military presence in the country back into focus, and Iraqi MPs have rallied in an unusual show of unity against the U.S. troops. We could make it 3%, we could make it 2%, we could make it 4%.' I said, 'No. Make it 10 percent. "Because it's been a long time". In an interaction with reporters during his surprise visit to Iraq, Trump said he wants to visit the border wall before the State of the Union Address next year.

The withdrawal of USA troops from Syria has already forced the resignation of Pentagon chief James Mattis, who clearly was more popular in Washington than Trump himself, Kosachev added. Kyu Lee, who said he was the chaplain for SEAL Team Five, which is based in Coronado, California, according to the mag.

Still, the USA and Iraq developed considerable military and intelligence ties in the war against IS, and they continue to pay off in operations against militants gone into hiding. During the call, Trump invited Abdel Mahdi to visit Washington and he accepted, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

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

Officials say the withdrawal plan will have to be approved by the Secretary of Defense and it's possible that it may be up to Pat Shanahan, the department's number two official, to approve the plan when he becomes the new acting defense secretary on January 1, after Mattis' departure.

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