Trump Signing MAGA Hats in Iraq May Have Violated Defense Department Rule

April FrancisDec 29, 2018

That list, as detailed in the article below, showed that former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama visited troops on or before Christmas every year since 2003, and President Donald Trump did so in 2017.

"There is no rule against Airmen bringing personal items to be signed by the president", said USAFE in a statement, as reported by Stars & Stripes. "The American occupation of Iraq is over", said Sabah al-Saidi, the head of one of two main blocs in Iraq's parliament.

But officials say that as plans have been developed over the last week, the pace of withdrawal could be much slower.

In a sign of how hard that might be to achieve, on Thursday several Iraqi lawmakers demanded a parliamentary vote to expel US troops from Iraq. Trump also stopped in Germany on his way back to greet troops at a USA air base.

Several lawmakers and political parties in Iraq on Thursday demanded the departure of American troops from their country.

"Parliament must clearly and urgently express its views about the ongoing American violations of Iraqi sovereignty", said lawmaker Salam al-Shimiri.

"There will be a strong, deliberate and orderly withdrawal of US forces from Syria", Trump told USA troops on Thursday during his trip to Iraq.

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Saturday that a physical barrier is off the option. "We can't do it without a wall". The shutdown started Saturday after funding lapsed for nine Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies.

News published a story on Wednesday - the day after Christmas - claiming that Trump became the "first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime". Since U.S. forces returned to Iraq in 2014, the base has played an important role in the fight against Islamic State because of its location.

Some elements of the USA military now provide support and firepower to anti-ISIS operations in Syria from inside Iraq, but the Iraqi government would likely have to give the US broader authority to carry out additional missions in the future. Binaa favors close ties with Iran and is aligned with Tehran on regional political issues.

Qais Khazali, the head of the Iran-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia that fought key battles against IS in north Iraq, promised on Twitter that Parliament would vote to expel US forces from Iraq, or the militia and others would force them out by "other means".

Khazali was jailed by British and USA forces from 2007 to 2010 for managing sections of the Shia insurgency against the occupation during those years.

For the first time in his life, President Donald Trump visited service members in a combat zone and made it about himself, retired four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey said.

Still, the US and Iraq developed considerable military and intelligence ties in the war against IS, and they continue to pay off in operations against militants gone into hiding.

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