Melania Trump became the only first lady visiting war zone in over a decade
When Melania Trump accompanied her husband President Trump to Iraq last week, it was the first time in more than a decade that a first lady of the United States had visited a war zone.
Melania also became the only first lady to have visited Iraq since the war began more than 15 years ago.
During the eight years of her husband’s presidency, Michelle Obama never traveled to a war zone, according to Mark Knoller, a veteran CBS White House correspondent. Knoller told the Washington Examiner. “Found no war zone trips by Mrs. Obama.”
Before the Trump visit to Iraq, the most recent visit to a war zone by a first lady was that of Laura Bush to Afghanistan in June 2008. The same day she was there, 11 police officers were killed in an ambush south of Kabul and three British soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber in Helmand province. Bush also went to Afghanistan in March 2005.
Hillary Clinton stayed away from war zones when she was first lady during her husband Bill’s eight-year stint at the White House. She did not visit troops during combat operations in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995 but made a trip there in March 1996 after hostilities had ceased, along with her daughter Chelsea, then 16.
After the trip to Iraq last week, President Trump said he was concerned for the safety of first lady Melania Trump during an unannounced trip to Iraq late Christmas evening to visit U.S. troops for the holidays.