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Trump mulls first overseas visit to troops in Iraq or Afghanistan

President Trump says he will visit the troops in Afghanistan or Iraq, but the timing of a possible trip is being closely-held out over concerns about his safety.

A Washington Post report said that Trump doesn’t want to be associated with the wars and has avoided visiting service members because he’s worried about the security risks. 

The report said he’s mulling a trip but did not allude to timing of the prospective visit. A spokesman for the National Security Council indicated to DailyMail.com that one is not imminent.

In an interview that aired on Sunday, Trump cited his ‘unbelievable busy schedule’ as a reason he hasn’t visited active duty troops overseas in the nearly two years he’s been in office and the ‘phony witch hunts’ into alleged collusion with Russia.  

‘I think you will see that happen. There are things that are being planned. We don’t want to talk about it because of — obviously because of security reasons and everything else,’ he told Fox News.

President Trump says he will visit the troops in Afghanistan or Iraq , but the timing of a possible trip is being closely-held out over concerns about his safety

The president is leaving for Florida today for the Thanksgiving holiday and will not return until early next week. He’s leaves several days later for Argentina, where he’s attending the G20 summit.

A trip to Colombia that was nixed over an alleged scheduling conflict after the G20 could provide an opportunity for him to visit the troops while he’s already overseas.

White House officials were able to comment on timing of the trip that Trump had indicated was under discussion during his Fox News interview.

‘We have no announcement at this time,’ NSC spokesman Garrett Marquis told DailyMail.com on Tuesday morning. 

Trump has not been to a war zone yet in his presidency, and the holidays could provide an opening for him to make his first trip.

President typically make them in secret, telling just a limited number of staff and reporters who will be traveling with him, in order to reduce the security risks. 

Trump has not been to a war zone yet in his presidency, and the holidays could provide an opening for him to make his first trip

Trump has not been to a war zone yet in his presidency, and the holidays could provide an opening for him to make his first trip

Asked on Fox News Sunday why he had not yet visited Iraq or Afghanistan, the president said ‘things that are being planned’ but he couldn’t say more ‘because of security reasons and everything else.’

‘But there are things that are planned. As you know, I was very much opposed to the war in Iraq. I think it was a tremendous mistake, should have never happened,’ he insisted.

Host Chris Wallace noted that the trip is about the troops not the Iraq War. Troops currently stationed in the Middle East are fighting the terrorist group ISIS. 

‘I don’t think anybody’s been more with the military than I have, as a president. In terms of funding, in terms of all of the things I’ve been able to get them, including the vets. I don’t think anybody’s done more than me,’ he said. 

Trump pledged, ‘I’ve had an unbelievable busy schedule and I will be doing it.

‘On top of which you have these phony witch hunts. On top of which — I mean, we’ve just been very busy. But I will be doing that,’ he promised.

 

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