U.S. Air Forces Europe said Thursday that U.S. troops who asked President Trump to sign their red "Make America Great Again" hats violated no military policy. "And announcing we're going to use it as the site from which we'll conduct combat operations in other nations-I mean, it's just inciting Iraqi sovereignty concerns".
Ever the irrepressible liar and braggart, Trump boasted to the troops that when he took office they had not received a pay raise for 10 years and that he overrode his aides to deliver a hike of more than 10 percent.
Trump also drew criticism in the United States for repeating a previously debunked claim that he had secured military members a pay raise for the first time in 10 years, when in fact the Pentagon has increased pay each year. "Make it 10%. Make it more than 10%'".
"Because now that we have our military taken care of, we have our law enforcement taken care of, we can do things that we really weren't in a position to do when I first came", Trump said in October. "I'm legit curious", one user wrote. In 2019, it will be 2.6%, thanks to the Fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. It is not far above last year's raise for troops, which was 2.4 percent.
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".
Trump said it's time to leave Syria because the US should not be involved in nation-building, and that other wealthy nations should shoulder the cost of rebuilding Syria. Al-Sadr has called for curbing US and Iranian involvement in Iraqi affairs.
Trump's visit comes amid a backdrop of escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran, as Washington seeks to counter Iran's sway in the Middle East. The Military Times reported that Trump's initial pay raise proposal was for 2.1 percent, but lawmakers approved the higher 2.4 percent mark.
Trump appears to have accidentally revealed classified information by showing special operation forces in a video posted Wednesday on Twitter, as Newsweek reports. "We've knocked them silly". During the call, Trump invited Abdel Mahdi to visit Washington and he accepted, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. As it turns out, that might have been a violation of Defense Department rules.