After False Reports on Trump’s Troop Visit, Media Pivot to Negative Coverage

After False Reports on Trump’s Troop Visit, Media Pivot to Negative Coverage

After False Reports on Trump’s Troop Visit, Media Pivot to Negative Coverage

President Donald Trump used a lightning visit to Iraq - his first with U.S. troops in a conflict zone since being elected - to defend the withdrawal from Syria and to declare an end to America's role as the global "policeman". And announce. we're going to use it as a site from which we'll conduct combat operations in other nations.

You just got one of the biggest pay raises you ever received.

Trump said he had told his advisers, "let's get out of Syria", but was persuaded to stay, before deciding last week to bring the 2,000 troops home.

The president told service members at al-Asad air base in Iraq that he was proud to secure them a much-needed pay bump of "more than 10 percent" after years of stagnant wages.

According to a pool report of the trip from Newsweek, the president at one point asked the chaplain of the Navy's SEAL Team 5 to come over and get a photo with him. "I'm legit curious", one user wrote. We could make it 4 percent.' I said, 'No.

Trump's move to pull troops from Syria has has drawn criticism from military officials who are now tasked with finding a way to withdraw from the country without abandoning allies or reversing the gains made against ISIS.

Trump said Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, whom he named on Sunday to replace Mattis in an acting capacity starting on January 1, "could be there for a long time".

"We're no longer the suckers, folks", Trump said at al-Asad Air Base, about 100 miles or 60 kilometers west of Baghdad.

Al-Shimiri said Trump's visit "violated several diplomatic norms".

"Trump has blurred the line between the office of the presidency and the campaign to such a degree that it is making it much more hard for troops to make that distinction on their own", according to CNN military analyst John Kirby, a former Pentagon spokesman.

The president also stated - incorrectly - that he had authorized the first military pay increase in a decade.

Finally, there is controversy over the fact that Trump wound up giving away the location of U.S. Navy Seal Team Five. But diplomatically, Trump's visit did not go well - and according to the Associated Press, he offended some Iraqi officials so much that they are now demanding that USA forces leave the country.

Retired Rear Adm. John Kirby, a former Obama administration spokesperson and a CNN analyst, said on CNN's "The Situation Room" on Wednesday that service members having Trump sign the items was inappropriate.

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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