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.

President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, shakes hands and speaks with U.S. military personnel Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, shakes hands and speaks with U.S. military personnel Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Melania also became the only first lady to have visited Iraq since the war began more than 15 years ago.

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump shake hands and speak with U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump shake hands and speak with U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

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. 

First Lady Melania Trump sits on stage as President Donald J. Trump addresses his remarks to U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
First Lady Melania Trump sits on stage as President Donald J. Trump addresses his remarks to U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

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.

First Lady Melania Trump, joined by President Donald J. Trump, addresses her remarks to U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
First Lady Melania Trump, joined by President Donald J. Trump, addresses her remarks to U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

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.

First Lady Melania Trump stops to shake hands with military personnel during her visit with U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
First Lady Melania Trump stops to shake hands with military personnel during her visit with U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Trump says he was concerned about the institution of the presidency and first lady Melania Trump, who flew with him to an airbase just west of Baghdad.

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet with U.S. military personnel during a stop-over at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany Wednesday evening, December 26, 2018, following their unannounced visit to U.S. troops at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet with U.S. military personnel during a stop-over at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany Wednesday evening, December 26, 2018, following their unannounced visit to U.S. troops at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

“We’re coming in and I know all of the things that are surrounding us for safety,” Trump said. “So did I have a concern? Yes, I had a concern.”

Let’s take a look at this special trip of First Lady Melania Trump

President Donald J. Trump gives First Lady Melania Trump a kiss after her address to U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump gives First Lady Melania Trump a kiss after her address to U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
First Lady Melania Trump, joined by President Donald J. Trump, addresses her remarks to U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
First Lady Melania Trump, joined by President Donald J. Trump, addresses her remarks to U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
U.S. troops listen as President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, addresses his remarks to U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
U.S. troops listen as President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, addresses his remarks to U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, shakes hands and speaks with U.S. military personnel Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, shakes hands and speaks with U.S. military personnel Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, speaks on the phone with Iraq Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi Wednesday, December 26, 2018, during his visit to Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, speaks on the phone with Iraq Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi Wednesday, December 26, 2018, during his visit to Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for a photo with U.S. Pararescue personnel Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for a photo with U.S. Pararescue personnel Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a demonstration by U.S. Pararescue personnel Wednesday, December 26, 2018, of military equipment and field kits at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a demonstration by U.S. Pararescue personnel Wednesday, December 26, 2018, of military equipment and field kits at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
First Lady Melania Trump stops to shake hands with military personnel during her visit with U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
First Lady Melania Trump stops to shake hands with military personnel during her visit with U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for a group photo with U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, during their visit to the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for a group photo with U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, during their visit to the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for a group photo with U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, during their visit to the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for a group photo with U.S. troops Wednesday, December 26, 2018, during their visit to the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, attends a briefing with military leadership members Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, attends a briefing with military leadership members Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

By TheBL