Iraqi politicians criticize Trump visit as blow to nation's sovereignty

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President Donald Trump's visit to Iraq on Wednesday ended with controversy as the president lied about a military pay raise, exposed sensitive military information and prompted Iraqi lawmakers to demand that American troops leave their country. Surprisingly enough, attention of the USA media was largely focused on the trivia, including an "awkward" kiss between the Trumps, as well as Melania's fashion choice. When Trump left Iraqi airspace, he posted a video in which he and the First Lady pause for photos with members of Seal Team Five, decked in full battle gear and night vision goggles.

Unlike Syria, Trump said he had no plans to withdraw from Iraq.

"The excuse made the initial infraction all the worse", said Haddad.

Sabah al-Saidi, the head of the other bloc, Islah, also denounced Trump's unannounced visit as a "blatant violation of Iraq's sovereignty", and called for an emergency session of Parliament to discuss Trump's visit Wednesday evening.

Trump said he has "no plans at all" to order a withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, similar to what he ordered for United States troops in Syria last week.

Addressing troops from inside a hangar at the al-Assad air base, where a contingent of British forces are also located, he said: "There will be a strong, deliberate, and orderly withdrawal of United States forces from Syria".

He defended his decision to withdraw from Syria, saying "The United States can not continue to be the policeman of the world".

Kosachev stressed the necessity at all levels to tell Washington that military action in a neighboring country without the consent of its leadership and the UN Security Council's mandate amounts to coercive intervention in a sovereign state's affairs and fulfilling the mission of a global policeman, which no one assigned to Washington.

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According to Trump, the flight into Iraq was unlike anything he had previously experienced.

"Iraq is important because of its strategic location".

The US military presence in Iraq also aids "Israel's desire to block the Tehran-Beirut route" and helps offset Iran's strengthening presence in the region, he said. Sadr has long opposed the American presence in Iraq since the US-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003. The PMF was made formally part of the security forces this year after helping the military defeat Daesh in Iraq in 2017. And we give frankly a lot more than that if you look at the books.

Those groups were angered by Trump's visit. "We could use this as a base if we wanted to do something in Syria", the President said.

"Trump's disrespect of Iraq's sovereignty will not go unpunished", it said, adding it would "not allow Iraq to be a base used to threaten other countries".

The president, who kept to the USA air base approximately 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Baghdad, said he had no plans to withdraw the 5,200 troops in the country.

"Iraqis will respond with a parliamentary decision to oust your (US) military forces". We've knocked them out.

During the call, Trump invited Abdel Mahdi to visit Washington and he accepted, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

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