Reason Behind US Syria Withdrawal 'Gambit' is Yet to Be Found - Moscow

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"I think this is real good for America, and I just think on a day like today we just ought to say thank you to the president". Numerous troops in attendance may have been surprised to learn they hadn't seen a pay increase in more than a decade.

The article did not address the false reports in several other media organizations that Trump had no visit planned.

I'm sure we'll be hearing about it if he said anything to question the existence of Santa Claus during his visit.

As Politifact reported in May, the president claimed that the last pay increase, for fiscal year 2018, was also the "first time in 10 years".

In fact, military members have seen a pay raise in each of the last 10 years, ranging from 1 percent to 3.9 percent, according to the Defense Department. They said, 'You know, we can make it smaller. We can make it 2 percent.

Trump stayed in Iraq for about three hours before taking off at 10:53 p.m. local time.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to speak to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq

President Trump, accompanied by National Security Adviser John Bolton, third from left, first lady Melania Trump, fourth from right, US Ambassador to Iraq Doug Silliman, third from right, and senior military leadership, spoke to members of the media at Al Asad Air Base.

"I was fully prepared to turn this baby around and come home", he said.

Pavlich added that Trump's visit will boost the confidence of local forces in Iraq.

Trump ran for the presidency in 2016 on a platform of bringing the troops home from Afghanistan and Syria, part of a strategy of ending almost two decades of United States military interventions he criticized as costly, ineffective and at odds with his "America First" foreign policy.

Iraq's Shi'ite militias, also known as the PMF, many of which are supported by Iran, oppose the presence of US troops in the region.

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