President Trump and the First Lady appeared on Wednesday in Iraq for a surprise visit with troops and high-ranking military leaders on Al Asad Air Force Base, where he said he had "no plans at all" to take one of the 5,000 US troops out of the country remove the land.
Trump's visit – his first as president in a combat zone – follows his announcement to withdraw troops from Syria and allegedly sell thousands of troops in Afghanistan.
The President was brought together by National Security Advisor John Bolton on the Air Force Base for meetings with political and military leaders. According to Reuters, the president spent about three hours on the ground when First Lady Melania trump US troops.
"President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to thank our troops and military leaders for their service, success and sacrifice, and to wish them a Merry Christmas," Tweeted Sarah Sanders, Press Officer of the White House.
Trump's surprise visit to the region came a week after he declared that ISIS had been "defeated" by Syria in a tweet and ordered to send all American diplomats and soldiers out of the country.
The US relinquished ISIS troops to Syria in 2015 during the Obama administration's partnership with Kurdish-led forces. A year before the operation also began US air strikes in Syria.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signed an order on Sunday to pull all American troops out of Syria in the coming weeks, a senior defense official told Fox News. Pentagon officials refused to discuss details, including the timetable in which they led the approximately 2,000 US troops in Syria for operational security.
The President told reporters traveling with him that he wants to bring US soldiers from Syria home and that Iraq can do so According to the Associated Press
Trump should still serve as a base for attacks on fighters of the Islamic state if necessary.
Trump added that the US can attack IS "so fast and so hard" that they do not know what the hell happened. "
" I think a lot of people will come to my mindset. It's time for us to use our heads, "he told reporters.
TRUMP LAMENTS MEDIA FOCUS ON PULLOUTS OF" NEVER STOP WARS "IN SYRIA, AFGHANISTAN
Last month, Trump hinted He would soon visit troops who were stationed in a war zone dining at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, December 26, 2018. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik) “/>