Pence, Trump Pay Surprise Visits to Iraq

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence made a surprise trip to Iraq on November 23, 2019, to meet with Iraq’s embattled prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi. Pence told reporters that he and Abdul-Mahdi discussed “the unrest that’s been taking place in recent weeks here in Iraq” and that the prime minister “pledged to me that they would work to protect and respect peaceful protesters as … part of the democratic process here in Iraq.” Pence also stopped in Erbil to visit the Iraqi Kurdistan president, Nechirvan Barzani, and reassure the Kurds of U.S. support for them in the fight against the Islamic State terror group. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Then on Thanksgiving Day, U.S. President Donald Trump surprised U.S. troops in Iraq with a surprise visit. Trump was also supposed to speak to Iraqi Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi, but due to a disagreement on how to conduct the meeting, only spoke with the Iraqi leader by telephone. Reported by Reuters. Read more…