Donald Trump stops at Ramstein base in Germany after Iraq visit

28 December, 2018, 08:28 | Author: Norman Carr
  • President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive on the South Lawn of the White House after making a surprise visit to troops in Iraq Thursday Dec. 27 2018 in Washington

Sabah al-Saidi, the head of the other bloc, Islah, also denounced Trump's unannounced visit as a "blatant violation of Iraq's sovereignty", and called for an emergency session of Parliament to discuss Trump's visit Wednesday evening.

Qais al-Khazali, the leader of Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq group, expressed the Iraqis' resolve to purge the country of American forces.

"We are spread out all over the world", the president said.

"There was supposed to be a formal reception and a meeting between Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and the US President, but a variation of views to organize the meeting led it to be replaced by a telephone conversation on developments in the situation", the statement read.

During the call, Trump invited Abdel Mahdi to visit Washington and he accepted, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The head of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq pro-Iran paramilitary group, Qais al-Khazali, tweeted that "Trump´s visit to a USA military base without regard for diplomatic norms reveals the reality of the American project in Iraq".

Hours before the White House officially announced the president's visit to the Al-Asad Air Base, social media users were already tracking the Air Force One's movements and speculating on its destination. Trump should not be allowed to arrive "as if Iraq is a state of the United States".


Trump has repeatedly told service members that they're getting the biggest or only pay raise that they have received in 10 years or more.

"Melania appears to keep their torsos apart as they kiss, stretching her neck in to achieve face-closeness instead", she went on, claiming that this kissing style would be a norm for a greeting or farewell kiss between colleagues or friends, rather than spouses. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As part of the visit, Trump posted a video on Twitter posing with US Navy Seals allegedly revealing the deployment of the special ops team in the country. "Frankly, it's ridiculous", he added. "And if they do not leave, we have the experience and the ability to remove them by other means that your forces are familiar with", he tweeted. "First time in 10 years".

"You're modern day warriors", Trump said, praising the troops. Trump sought to highlight the achievements of the four year war on ISIS, including what he said was the liberation of 20,000 square miles of territory and 3 million civilians.

"We must end the page of the so-called worldwide coalition, which controls the Iraqi airspace, under the pretext of tracking terrorist cells, which made the Iraqi aviation authorities do not know the entry of aircraft into our global airspace and Iraqi air bases, that American soldiers located in some of them", Zamili said.

Still, after defeating IS militants in their last urban bastions past year, Iraqi politicians and militia leaders are speaking out against the continued presence of USA forces on Iraqi soil.

Wikileaks, founded by Australian Julian Assange, also jumped on the plane's trail, tweeting at 7.55am that "the Boeing 747 usually used by Trump for Air Force One is now moving towards Turkey". "If I will say this, if you take ISIS and if we see something happening with ISIS that we don't like, we can hit them so fast and so hard, they won't, they really won't know what the hell happened", he said.

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