Trump Turns Iraq Visit Into Train Wreck
This is something United States presidents do. They visit our troops in war zones. These visits often happen during the winter holiday season. After two years of being the president, President Donald Trump finally took part in this tradition. In keeping with his tradition of making a mess out of a simple task, the president could not resist screwing up this surprise visit.
How is that even possible? In the first place, Trump failed to meet with Iraqi government officials, who were not informed of the trip until he had left the country. This prompted an outcry from the government there as well as allegations that Trump “violated the sovereignty” of the country. The United States needs to improve its relationship with Iraq right now. Iran is growing its power base and could pose a real threat to Israel. Moreover, the fight against ISIS in Iraq has faced blowback as U.S. airstrikes in and around the city of Mosul have resulted in many Iraqi civilian deaths.
As if that wasn’t enough to throw the success of the visit into jeopardy, the president complained, to troops serving in a war zone, about what he “had to go through.” The “hardship” he and First Lady Melania had to endure was turning off all lights aboard Air Force One. According to the New York Times:
“I had concerns for the institution of the presidency because — not for myself, personally,” he said. “I had concerns for the first lady, I will tell you. But if you would have seen what we had to go through, with the darkened plane, with all windows closed, with no lights on whatsoever, anywhere — pitch black. I’ve never seen it. I’ve been in many airplanes — all types and shapes and sizes. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The “secret” visit may have been doomed from the start as Twitter users figured out the flight path the president was taking and posted it all, in real time, on the social media network.