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Trump says he plans to visit troops in Iraq, Afghanistan

No date revealed because of security reasons
US President Donald Trump and Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of US Central Command, spend a few minutes with troops on their way to a news briefing at MacDill Air Force Base, February 6, 2017. Photo/Shealah Craighead (The Verge)
2018-11-19

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SULAIMANI — US President Donald Trump said he plans to visit US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but did not reveal a date because of security precautions.

The response came in responding to a question posed by Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” who asked why he hadn’t visited the US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan during his first two years in office as Commander-in- Chief.

“Well, I think you will see that happen. There are things that are being planned. We don't want to talk about it because of -- obviously because of security reasons and everything else,” Trump said.

“But there are things that are planned. As you know, I was very much opposed to the war in Iraq. I think it was a tremendous mistake, should have never happened.”

Former US presidents routinely visited the country’s troops in war zones at various points during their presidencies, according to CNN.

Former President Barack Obama first visited troops in Iraq a little over two months into his administration, and Afghanistan after being in office for just over a year. Former President George W. Bush visited Iraq about eight months after the start of the war.

(NRT Digital Media)