President Donald Trump said Wednesday that 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.

Making his first visit to a troubled region, President Donald Trump says he was more concerned for the people accompanying him to Iraq than for himself, according to ABC News.

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.

Trump made the 11-hour flight on a darkened Air Force One with lights off and window shades drawn plus military jet escorts.

“But if you would have seen what we had to go through — with the darkened plane, with all windows closed, with no lights on whatsoever, anywhere — pitch black,” he continued. “I’ve been on many airplanes — all types and shapes and sizes. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“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.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders shared a video of American troops cheering and chanting for President Trump during a surprise visit to U.S. soldier in Iraq during Christmas.

Sanders also shared a story about a young man who had rejoined the military because of President Donald Trump becoming commander-in-chief.

“Powerful moment,” Sanders tweeted, ‘Member of United States Army told the President he came back into the military because of him.” Trump replied, “And I am here because of you,” according to Sanders.

The visit marks Trump’s first visit to a war zone while serving as commander-in-chief.

Source: Daily Caller & ABC News