President Trump Surprises American Troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving
The president paid a unannounced visit to Bagram airbase
President Donald Trump surprised American troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving, according to reports.
The president paid a visit to Bagram airbase to deliver greetings to U.S. troops deployed there in America’s longest-running war.
Trump arrived at Bagram Air Field shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time, spending more than two-and-a-half hours on the ground.
To ensure the president's safety, reporters were under strict instructions not to disclose details of the trip.
Speaking at Bagram Air Base, Trump told troops that "the Taliban wants to make a deal. We'll see if they want to make a deal. It's got to be a real deal, but we'll see. But they want to make a deal."
The president and first lady made a similar trip last year to Iraq on Christmas night — their first to an active conflict zone.
Vice President Mike Pence also visited troops in Iraq this week.
US troops in Afghanistan break out chanting USA! USA! as President Trump surprises them for Thanksgiving pic.twitter.com/WxNid9c8k5— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 28, 2019
The news comes a month after Trump embraced a wheelchair-bound and wounded veteran from Afghanistan who sang 'God Bless America' during a ceremony honoring the new incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The display affection came after the U.S. Army Captain Luis Avila sang the patriotic song in a ceremony filled with a 21-gun salute, military bands, and a fife and drum corps.
The emotional moment which saw Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, incoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was present.
Last year, Trump stayed in the U.S. for Thanksgiving while speaking with on the troops on the phone.