Trump visits troops in Iraq

President Donald Trump kisses first lady Melania Trump during a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base Iraq Wednesday Dec. 26 2018. President Donald Trump who is visiting Iraq says he has 'no plans at all&apos to remove US troops from the country

President Donald Trump revealed Wednesday that he was concerned for the safety of first lady Melania Trump during an unannounced trip to Iraq late Christmas evening to visit with USA troops for the holidays.

Trump's trip was shrouded in secrecy.

Air Force One touched down at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland around 5:15 a.m. Air Force One flew overnight from Washington, landing at an airbase west of Baghdad under the cover of darkness Wednesday evening. The Pentagon is possibly working on a plan to withdraw almost half of the 14,000 troops still serving in Afghanistan.

The president and first lady spent about three hours on the ground in Iraq. But in a November interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday", he said he had plans to make a visit troops overseas. "They assured me that we still had a tight hold on the information". To take selfies with soldiers and speak military members, FLOTUS wore a suede mustard belted blouse with dark green pants.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to speak to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq

The panel on "The Five" Wednesday reacted to President Trump and the first lady making a surprise visit to troops in Iraq, Trump's first visit to a war zone since taking office. And we got you a big one. "I've been on many airplanes - all types and shapes and sizes. I've never seen anything like it".

This claim by Trump was already debunked earlier this year after the president made a similar remark in May. They say that his visit is a "violation of Iraq's sovereignty" and Trump's meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi was canceled because the two couldn't agree on a location, Reuters reported.

Despite the 2.6% increase already being the largest in nine years, Trump exaggerated the amount by almost four times its actual worth, while claiming he fought with "plenty of people" for the figure, and again claiming troops hadn't received a raise in more than 10 years.

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