President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump met with military personnel on Wednesday, the day after Christmas, at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. Melania accompanied her husband to a war zone, the FIRST time ever that a First Lady of the United States did so.*
Trump’s whereabouts had sparked speculation among the Mainstream Media. He did not tweet in more than 17 hours. The press aides were missing from the WH media office and lights were turned off on the second floor where White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has her office.
MR. & MRS. TRUMP SACRIFICED
A RELAXING CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
“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,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
The White House has long had an operating procedure for such presidential visits to war zones. The White House disclosed Trump’s whereabouts only after Air Force One safely landed in Iraq and Trump was safely on the ground northwest of Baghdad.
Trump told service members gathered for his visit that he has no plans to withdraw troops from Iraq, and intends to use U.S. forces there to strike the Islamic State terrorist group if necessary. “If we see something happening with ISIS that we don’t like, we can hit them so fast and so hard, they really won’t know what the hell happened,” he said.
Air Force One apparently left Joint Base Andrews at about midnight Christmas night, passing over the U.K. and then Hungary en route to a middle-of-the-night (local time) landing in Iraq.
NEXT STOP UNKNOWN
President Trump & the First Lady are now in the air, headed to another, unknown location.
Diane L. Gruber
*Eleanor Roosevelt was a rather frequent visitor to war zones during WWII. However, she went without her husband. Since Franklin was confined to a wheelchair, she acted as his eyes and ears, investigating what was actually happening. and reporting back to him.