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First lady Melania Trump was on the trip.

At long last, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania paid a visit to US troops stationed overseas, after a secret overnight flight to Iraq.

Trump´s visit appeared to take Iraqi authorities by surprise and prompted criticism including from former prime minister Haider al-Abadi.

Speculation had been mounting that Trump would finally make the gesture following his controversial plan to slash troop levels in Afghanistan and his order to withdraw entirely from Syria.

"We're no longer the suckers, folks", the president said.

"We're no longer the suckers, folks", Trump told USA servicemen and women at al-Asad Airbase in western Iraq, about 100 miles or 60 kilometres west of Baghdad.

Trump also drew criticism in the USA for repeating a previously debunked claim that he had secured military members a pay raise for the first time in 10 years, when in fact the Pentagon has increased pay each year.

The US "cannot continue to be the policeman of the world", he told troops at the Iraqi base.

USA troops are stationed in Iraq as part of the coalition against the Islamic State terror group.

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

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And in US 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. We are in countries most people haven't even heard about.

His office also did not say whether he had accepted an invitation to the White House.

The Iraq trip provided some distraction from a rising tide of domestic political problems, including a government shutdown caused by Trump's row with the US Congress over funding for a US-Mexico border wall. Numerous reporters in attendance compared Trump's appearance at the event to a campaign rally rather than a visit by a sitting President.

Qais al-Khazali, the leader of the powerful Iran-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia said on Twitter, "Iraqis will respond with a parliamentary decision to oust your (US) military forces".

"Everybody and his uncle wants that position", Trump told reporters travelling with him in Iraq.

On Wednesday, Trump said "we´ve knocked them out", although he added Iraq might be used as a future base "if we wanted to do something in Syria".

"Two years ago when I became president they were a very dominant group, today they're not so dominant any more".

"Dealing with Iraq and its sovereignty in this way will harm Iraqi-US relations", he said. "If we see something happening with ISIS that we don't like, we can hit them so fast and so hard" that they "really won't know what the hell happened".

Trump said the mission in Syria was to remove ISIS from its strongholds and not to be a nation-builder, which he said was a job for other wealthy countries. He would go on to lead the extremist group to expand into Syria, eventually leading the send troops to that country, where they have been working with local forces since 2015. To rounds of applause he said that the U.S. was fighting in areas it shouldn't be fighting and spending billions on 19 years of war, a reference to the long war since 9/11.

Morale-boosting presidential visits to United States troops in war zones have been a longstanding tradition in the years following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.



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