NBC and other far-left outlets slammed President Donald Trump on Tuesday for being the first president since 2002 not to visit our troops around Christmastime. The “news” spread like wildfire online by the typical anti-Trump brigade.
President Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime. https://t.co/6GS2MTeaLZ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 25, 2018
But as has been the case so often with the mainstream media and Trump-haters (but I repeat myself), the report wasn’t true.
President Trump not only called troops to wish them a Merry Christmas on Tuesday, he and First Lady Melania Trump took a secret trip to Iraq on Christmas Day so they could greet those serving our country in person.
“Trump’s trip was shrouded in secrecy. Air Force One flew overnight from Washington, landing at an airbase west of Baghdad under the cover of darkness Wednesday evening,” reported the Associated Press on Wednesday.
“President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas,” tweeted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas. pic.twitter.com/s2hntnRwpw
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 26, 2018
Trump signed autographs and posed in selfies with the troops.
The NBC report claimed Trump “broke from a recent tradition of actually visiting troops and wounded warriors. … By staying home on Tuesday, Trump became the first president since 2002 who didn’t visit military personnel around Christmastime.”
The following day, they added the following embarrassing editor’s note: “On Wednesday, a day after this article was published, President Trump made a surprise visit to Iraq to greet U.S. troops. It was his first presidential visit to a combat zone.”