Iraqi Government Makes U.S. Troop Announcement Hours After Trump Leaves


The president of the United States just got back from Iraq, and the trip was a lot more eventful than the commander-in-chief even realized as headlines start rolling in Thursday morning. Now, Trump is not only being accused of duping troops into violating Department of Defense rules by accepting gifts with political slogans on them, but he is now facing backlash from Iraq itself.

According to Associated Press:

“Iraqi lawmakers Thursday demanded U.S. forces leave the country in the wake of a surprise visit by President Donald Trump that politicians denounced as arrogant and a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.”

“Politicians from both blocs of Iraq’s divided Parliament called for a vote to expel U.S. troops and promised to schedule an extraordinary session to debate the matter.”

Lawmaker Salam al-Shimiri said this about troops still in Iraq:

“Parliament must clearly and urgently express its view about the ongoing American violations of Iraqi sovereignty.”

Trump said Wednesday that he had no plans to remove troops from the area, news that the Iraqi government didn’t take so well. AP reports that, “U.S. troops are stationed in Iraq as part of the coalition against the Islamic State group. American forces withdrew in 2011 after invading in 2003 but returned in 2014 at the invitation of the Iraqi government to help fight the jihadist group. But after defeating IS militants in their last urban bastions last year, Iraqi politicians and militia leaders are speaking out against the continued presence of U.S. forces in Iraqi soil.”

Trump did not meet with Iraqi officials during his trip to visit U.S. troops, and it was after Trump left that the Prime Minister of Iraq Adel Abdul-Mahdi revealed that the meeting scheduled for he and Trump was cancelled due to “differences in points of view.”

Unhappy with the visit, the Prime Minister said that Trump’s garish ways “violated several diplomatic norms.”