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Trump pays a visit to troops in Iraq

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump made a surprise visit Wednesday to a U.S. airbase in Iraq to meet with American troops and commanders, and to dispel growing complaints that he had never visited a war zone in his first two years in office.

Trump, accompanied by his wife, Melania, left a partially shuttered government in Washington just after midnight, flew all day and landed in the dark at the joint U.S.-Iraqi Asad Air Base west of Baghdad around 7 p.m. local time.

Asked why he came, Trump told reporters before a meeting with military leaders on base: "It's a place I have been talking about for many years - many, many years. I was talking about it as a civilian."

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