President Donald Trump announced this week that he will be removing all remaining U.S. troops from Iraq in the near future. He told the Iraq Prime Minister that he would arrange for troops to leave the country but would make sure that national security interests would not be jeopardized with the withdrawal.
H/T: Big League Politics
“We’re helping where we can,” Trump said regarding the sustained U.S. military presence in Iraq, which is closing in on two decades of occupying the nation. “But it’s a separate country. They have a prime minister. They have people in office. They have to run their country. We’ve been in Iraq for a long time.”
“Frankly, I didn’t think (the Iraq War) was a good idea … Now we’re getting out, we’ll be leaving shortly,” he added.
Today, President @realDonaldTrump welcomes Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Prime Minister of the Republics of Iraq, to the @WhiteHouse #botersfortrump #Trump2020 #TrumpIraq #Trump2020LandslideVictory @NewsClapper @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/PjCfYMHDyZ pic.twitter.com/dYP3jyxtUb— TEAM TRUMP2020 (@lyn47820496) August 20, 2020
#Trump says his administration is "looking forward to the day when [#US forces] don't have to be" in #Iraq, but gives no timetable for the withdrawal. He was speaking to reporters as he met the country's PM Mustafa al-Kadhemi for the first time in #Washington.#BaghdadPost pic.twitter.com/ImlOkYvowE— The Baghdad Post (@BaghdadPostPlus) August 20, 2020
Trump: US will leave Iraq “over the course of three years”. pic.twitter.com/Iq9V0uSkMc— Richard Medhurst 🇸🇾🇵🇸 (@richimedhurst) August 20, 2020
Why Trump is betting big on a new prime minister to stabilize Iraq for final U.S. troop pullout | Just The News https://t.co/n3D7FuxWyV— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) August 20, 2020
Trump Reaffirms Plan to Withdraw All US Troops from Iraq https://t.co/zwcoMA6Kjx— Military.com (@Militarydotcom) August 20, 2020
The Iraqi prime minister met President Trump today and agreed that most of the US forces in Iraq will either leave or redeploy. America and Iraq both condemned the Turkish violation of Iraqi sovereignty in recent weeks as the field attack Kurds in northern Iraq. pic.twitter.com/aDI4FhpbyI— Amir Tsarfati (@BeholdIsrael) August 20, 2020