President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, have greeted US troops in Germany, his second visit to troops abroad in the last day.
The president’s Air Force One stopped at Ramstein Air Force Base in southwest Germany on his way back from Iraq, where he had visited US troops in harm’s way for the first time, two years into his presidency.
Mr. Trump slowly walked along a rope line at the US base in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, shaking hands, posing for selfies, and autographing “Make America Great Again hats” for servicemen.
The president also met with Air Force Generals aboard his aircraft at the base.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted out a photo of President Donald Trump meeting with Air Force Generals at Ramstein Air Base.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 27, 2018
During a speech to troops at Al Asad base he said that unlike in Syria he had no plans to bring home the roughly 5,000 troops stationed in Iraq. The 2,000 US troops in Syria could return home because of military gains against ISIS, he said.
CBS’ Mark Knoller noted that the local time in Germany was 2:30 am, but that didn’t stop a long line from forming in the hangar.
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— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) December 27, 2018
Trump and First Lady Melania also shook hands and posed for cellphone selfies with hundreds of uniformed service members at the base, some of whom waited to get his autograph on their red ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball caps, which helped define Trump‘s presidential campaign in 2016.
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Trump made the surprise visit to U.S. troops in Iraq on Wednesday, his first trip to a conflict zone nearly two years into his presidency and days after announcing a pullout of American troops from neighboring Syria.