Donald Trump returns from Iraq, attacks Democrats over border wall and shutdown
CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|Returning to the White House on Thursday after a whirlwind trip to Iraq, President Donald Trump attacked Democrats over the border wall funding dispute that has closed parts of the government.
“Have the Democrats finally realized that we desperately need Border Security and a Wall on the Southern Border,” Trump tweeted early in the morning on the sixth day of the partial government shutdown.
Iraqi political and militia leaders have condemned US President Donald Trump’s surprise visit to US troops in Iraq as a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.news.com.au
Sabah al Saadi, the leader of the Islah parliamentary bloc, called for an emergency session of parliament to discuss the “blatant violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and to stop these aggressive actions by Trump who should know his limits. The US occupation of Iraq is over”.
Politicians also said a meeting between Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi was cancelled due to a disagreement over venue.
The Bina bloc, Islah’s rival in parliament and led by Iran-backed militia leader Hadi al-Amiri, also objected to Trump’s trip to Iraq on Wednesday.
“Trump’s visit is a flagrant and clear violation of diplomatic norms and shows his disdain and hostility in his dealings with the Iraqi government,” said a statement from Bina.
Abdul Mahdi’s office said in a statement that US authorities had informed Iraq’s leadership of the president’s visit ahead of time. The statement said the Iraqi prime minister and US president talked on the phone due to a “disagreement over how to conduct the meeting”.
Iraqi politicians told Reuters the pair disagreed over where their planned meeting should take place.
Trump had asked to meet at the Ain al-Asad military base …
Democrats contend that the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that Trump has demanded is unnecessary and would be ineffective in stopping illegal crossings. The impasse has rendered Congress unable to pass a bill to keep government agencies funded.
In an interview with USA TODAY earlier this week, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of using “scare tactics” to build support for his proposed wall, which she joked had been reduced from a giant, cement structure “to, I think, a beaded curtain.”
In his tweet, Trump also appeared to take a political poke at government workers affected by the shutdown: “Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?”
Trump’s trip to Iraq was his first visit to a combat zone as president.
In a tweet after his return to the White House, Trump – who also made a stop at a military base in Germany – praised the troops, saying: “One thing is certain, we have incredible people representing our Country – people that know how to win!”