The U.S. government is currently in the midst of a man-made shutdown engineered by Trump and the right-wing media personalities he doesn’t want to disappoint. Despite—or because of—that fact Trump decided to take a little surprise trip to visit U.S. troops in Iraq. It’s big news because he hasn’t visited troops overseas yet, one of the only presidents not to do so until now.
Reports circulated that his refusal to visit was out of concern for his own safety, but it seems the political jeopardy his government shutdown and sagging stock market have put him in has finally (bone-) spurred him to action (sorry). Still, most Americans are wise to the stunt. Others think his reasons are even more nefarious and self-serving.
After serving in office for nearly two years, President Trump finally made his way to one of the many theaters of war where U.S. troops are stationed.
Breaking: President and Mrs. Trump are in Iraq for a surprise trip to visit US troops
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) December 26, 2018
For comparison, President Bush first visited troops around eight months after beginning the Iraq War and President Obama visited troops after just three months in office.
Some people think the political stunt was a response to the bad publicity he’s gotten from having never visited before. Others think it’s a response to the bad publicity he’s gotten from shutting down the government, along with the drop in the stock market:
Credit to Trump for finding the gumption to answer criticism that he's never visited the troops, by simply ordering them to take him there. His fans will love it!
Of course, given the ability to do that at the drop of a hat, it raises the question of why he never did it before.
— Musical Director for Anomynous Tweeter-1, LLC™ (@KagroX) December 26, 2018
President Trump guilted into visiting troops in the field after seeing every other respected world leader do it on Christmas. –fixed it for you.
— 🌊NZDIVE01🌊 (@NZDIVE01) December 26, 2018
Took him almost two years to do what is expected of him
— chaos dunk enthusiast (@Ashmolekb) December 26, 2018
— Stuart Morrell (@orlandosgm) December 26, 2018
Correction last ditch effort to distract from his disastrous presidency. It has nothing to do with the troops…Zero and anyone reporting that it does is misleading the country
— C.Taylor (@TheClaudeTaylor) December 26, 2018
Surprise visit = Shamed and forced to go in the middle of the night without telling the public so as to fend off any more horrendous bad news about him. Have to remember, if he hadn't shut Gov down, he'd be golfing right now at Crap-A-Lago.
— Dave 🌊🏳️🌈🐶 (@davecannalte) December 26, 2018
trump goes 2 Baghdad 4 photo op with🇺🇸Troops. Is their correlation between trump acting🤪,Stock Market tanking, & his first 3 hr Visit. Made Stock Market Soar,him look Sane. Change Location,Change Story,but He’s Still same psychotic Liar,Crook,Draft Dodger.#WagTheDog #NoWall
— Cher (@cher) December 26, 2018
And others think it was a response to the story in the New York Times that the infamous “bone spurs” that kept him out of Vietnam were, shockingly, not real:
And according to the podiatrist's family, no, the bone spurs were not genuine. pic.twitter.com/BurN2tCjjO
— David Frum (@davidfrum) December 26, 2018
— Karen Tosado 🎅🦌🎄🦌🎅 (@marie5483) December 26, 2018
“Sarah Sanders? This is the New York Times. We are running a story tomorrow about how the President’s father got a podiatrist to falsely claim Mr. Trump had bone spurs to avoid Vietnam. Would the White House care to comment?”
(12 hrs later) BREAKING: Trump visits troops in Iraq
— Hesiod Theogeny (@Hesiod2k11) December 26, 2018
When your podiatrist dies and you’ve run out of excuses https://t.co/mVGjuc6aJZ
— Orli Matlow (@HireMeImFunny) December 26, 2018