Trump May Have Outed Whereabouts, Identities Of Covert Navy Seal Team

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make a surprise visit to Iraq. File

"In fact, we could use this as the base if we wanted to do something in Syria", Trump said during Wednesday's unannounced visit to al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, between Baghdad and the Syrian border.

Speaking to members of the military during his surprise trip overseas this week, President Donald Trump spoke about the raises they received.

Trump told reporters he had overruled generals asking to extend the Syria deployment, where about 2,000 U.S. forces joined by other foreign troops, assist local fighters battling the Islamic State group (IS).

For the visit, which was unscheduled, Melania broke first lady precedent by travelling to an active combat zone.

Kirby assigned some blame to Trump himself for political activity around the military: "Every time he's around military audiences, he tends to politicize it, and he brings in complaints and grievances from outside the realm of military policy". But he ultimately went ahead with the scheduled pullout in 2011 after Iraqi's political leaders rejected terms the US sought for legal protections for the USA troops that would have remained.

President Donald Trump politicized his visit to troops in Iraq, putting the soldiers in a "very bad position", according to a retired general.

Trump posed for a selfie with Navy Lieutenant Commander Kyu Lee, who said he was the chaplain for Seal Team Five, based out of Coronado, California, the report said. In Iraq's parliament, two major blocks condemned Trump's visit, saying it violated the country's sovereignty.

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But during the trip, which had been shrouded in secrecy earlier Wednesday, the president apparently accidentally revealed classified information by showing the special-ops forces, Newsweek reported.

In a statement, he said Trump was "acting as if Iraq is a state under his authority" and must be informed "of his limits".

But those decisions have been unpopular among even his own national security team, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned last week. "You can't shove them on someone else". "We've knocked them silly".

Trump defended his decision to pull forces from neighboring Syria, declaring of Islamic State militants: "We've knocked them out".

Trump posted the video to his Twitter account from Air Force One after the plane left Iraqi air space.

"I was fully prepared to turn this baby around and come home", he said. The Pentagon is also said to be developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops still serving in Afghanistan.

The U.S. military says it has about 5,200 troops in Iraq, focused on training and advising Iraqi troops to ensure that Islamic State does not re-emerge.

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