Trumps' 'Awkward' Kiss, Melania's Boots Steal the Show During Iraq Visit

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"They should be sharing the burden of costs and they're not", the US President said. "We're respected again as a nation".

Though Isis has lost a significant amount of territory in Iraq and Syria, it is still seen as a threat.

And in USA relations with Russia, Trump has resisted senators' demands to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin and condemn Russian intervention in Ukraine, while succumbing to political pressure to sign sanctions against the nation. "I got you a big one." - remarks prompting cheers Wednesday at al-Asad Air Base in Iraq. George W. Bush made four trips to Iraq as president and President Barack Obama made one.

US President Donald Trump's surprise visit to Iraq did not include a meeting with Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, and enraged local lawmakers, exposing rifts between Baghdad and Washington.

Mr Trump was accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump on the first trip of his presidency to a war zone.

Lawmakers decried the visit as arrogant and a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

The airbase where Trump spoke is about 155 miles (250 km) from Hajin, a Syrian town near the Iraqi border where Kurdish fighters are still battling IS extremists.

The drawdowns - and the abrupt way that they were announced - helped lead to the resignation of Trump's defense secretary, Jim Mattis, who has been one of the administration's heavyweights.

Mattis was supposed to continue leading the Pentagon until late February but Trump moved up his exit and announced that Patrick Shanahan, deputy defence secretary, would take the job on January 1 and he was in "no rush" to nominate a new defence chief.

Mr Trump's trip to Iraq offered an opportunity for the commander in chief to defend his policy. "And also, by the way, everybody and her aunt, just so I won't be criticized".

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Yet even some of those who agreed with Nance's objections to showing the Navy Seals' faces saw fit to point out that Team Five was in Iraq openly, not covertly, as part of the advisory mission to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Trump's visit follows his surprise decision to withdraw all 2,000 American troops in neighbouring Syria and half of the 14,000 United States soldiers deployed in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban.

The statement said the Iraqi leader had invited the president to visit Baghdad, and Trump invited Abdel-Mahdi to Washington. But speculation had been mounting that he would finally make the gesture following his controversial plan to slash troop levels in Afghanistan and his order to withdraw entirely from Syria.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Abdul-Mahdi accepted Trump's invitation to the White House during their call, though the Prime Minister's office has so far refused to confirm that.

"The decision to withdraw U.S. troops belongs to the will of the people and its parliament; the resistance will force the United States to withdraw its troops from Iraq", the group's spokesman Jafar al-Hussaini told al-Mayadeen.

"Dealing with Iraq and its sovereignty in this way will harm Iraqi-US relations", he said.

Supporters of the populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr won big in national elections in May, campaigning on a platform of curbing both US and rival Iranian involvement in Iraqi affairs. More than 10 years.

"Can we find out why Melania got off Marine One with no shoes, no trousers and huge weird sunglasses", one person asked on Twitter.

USA troops in Syria have been assisting a Kurdish militia in rooting out IS.

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