President Trump arrives in Afghanistan for surprise Thanksgiving visit with troops

  
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President Trump arrives in Afghanistan for surprise Thanksgiving visit with troops
President Trump on Thursday made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan to visit the troops on Thanksgiving.

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Way to go Mr. President!  We love it that you support our troops.  A great message.  


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President Trump on Thursday made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan to visit the troops on Thanksgiving.

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Heartland American
1  seeder  Heartland American    2 months ago

Trump in Afghanistan for Surprise Thanksgiving Visit

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Donald Trump speaks to the troops during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit at Bagram Air Field, on Nov. 28, 2019 in Afghanistan. (Credit: OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

     

President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to spend time with U.S. troops on Thanksgiving.

Trump arrived at Bagram Air Field shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time and spent more than two-and-a-half hours on the ground. Reporters were under strict instructions to keep the trip a secret to ensure his safety.

The visit comes more than two months after Trump abruptly broke off peace talks with the Taliban after a bombing in Kabul killed 12 people, including an American soldier.

And it comes at a pivotal moment in Trump’s presidency, with the impeachment inquiry moving quickly.

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.   https://www.google.com/amp/s/ktla.com/2019/11/28/trump-in-afghanistan-for-surprise-thanksgiving-visit/amp/

 
 
 
Heartland American
1.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Heartland American @1    2 months ago

The full Fox News Channel article:  

On a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Thursday,  President Trump  said that the United States has reopened peace talks with the Taliban - just three months after the president scuttled negotiations between Washington and the Afghan insurgents following a terror attack that killed 11 people, including one U.S. soldier.

Trump, who made his first trip to  Afghanistan  under a veil of secrecy for security reasons, told troops gathered at the Air Force base for Thanksgiving dinner that the Taliban "wants to make a deal very badly."

“We’re going to stay until such time as we have a deal, or we have total victory, and they want to make to make a deal very badly,” Trump said. “The Taliban wants to make a deal — we’ll see if they make a deal. If they do, they do, and if they don’t they don’t. That’s fine."

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The president also reaffirmed his commitment to bring the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan down to about 8,600 - from about 12,000 to 13,000.

“We’re bringing down the number of troops substantially,” he said.

Earlier in the day, however, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said no decisions had been made on troop reductions, but there were several options, including going down to 8,600,

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wy., traveled with the president on a 13-hour overnight trip on Air Force One from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to Afghanistan on Wednesday.

The president arrived in Afghanistan just in time to serve troops Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. Standing alongside Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, he dished out turkey to roughly two dozen troops at a dining facility decorated with red, orange and yellow Thanksgiving banners and tablecloths. Mulvaney, Barrasso, and O’Brien were also behind the counter.

"There's nowhere I'd rather spend Thanksgiving than with the toughest, fiercest warriors," Trump said. "I'm here to say Happy Thanksgiving and thank you very much. As president of the United States, I have no higher honor than serving as commander-in-chief."

He added: "We will continue to work tirelessly for the day when all of you can go home to your families, and that day is coming very soon."

The president was originally slated to spend Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. Details of how he was able to sneak out of the resort property are still unclear. He did, though, fly out of an undisclosed airport on Wednesday evening.

Fox News has learned that security precautions for the trip were taken to the extreme, with the cellular devices, including those of senior White House officials on the flight, taken before boarding the plane.

The president greeted the crew and even stayed in the cockpit for takeoff.

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On the flight to Afghanistan, Grisham told the small group of press that the purpose of the trip is “truly about Thanksgiving and supporting the troops."

“It’s a dangerous area and he wants to support the troops,” Grisham said. “He and Mrs. Trump recognize that there is a lot of people who are away from their families during the holidays and we thought it would be a nice surprise.”

Grisham also said that while the trip has been in the works for weeks, only a very tight circle of White House officials knew about it.  To keep suspicions at bay, Grisham says the White House scheduled tweets to be sent from the President’s twitter account during the many hours that he did not have access to the internet.

Thursday’s surprise trip is the president’s first to Afghanistan and his second to a conflict zone. Last year, he traveled to Iraq to visit U.S. troops on the day after Christmas.

 
 
 
Texan1211
2  Texan1211    2 months ago

How long before some fruit loop chastises the President for "covering up" his trip there?

 
 
 
Heartland American
2.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Texan1211 @2    2 months ago

He’s already flying back home as the release of the video of his speech wasn’t done until he was already on the way out for security reasons.  How the progressive left will respond to his visit is not known but maybe they will add it to their impeachment articles.  

 
 
 
Texan1211
2.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  Heartland American @2.1    2 months ago

Do you remember Obama visiting our troops overseas at Thanksgiving?

Asking for a friend. jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
GaJenn78
2.1.2  GaJenn78  replied to  Heartland American @2.1    2 months ago

I actually read that the MSM thought he was golfing and starting bitching about it, all the while he was in route to Afghanistan. Pretty cool move :-)

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.3  XDm9mm  replied to  GaJenn78 @2.1.2    2 months ago
Pretty cool move

They haven't yet figured out just how much he plays with them.  They think they're smart and he's three steps ahead of them leading them by the nose.

 
 
 
Heartland American
2.1.4  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.3    2 months ago

He lives rent free in their minds.  

 
 
 
Jasper2529
2.2  Jasper2529  replied to  Texan1211 @2    2 months ago
How long before some fruit loop chastises the President for "covering up" his trip there?

CNN is "on it" as I post this.

 
 
 
Texan1211
2.2.1  Texan1211  replied to  Jasper2529 @2.2    2 months ago
CNN is "on it" as I post this.

Truly shocking. Honestly. I really mean it.

 
 
 
Heartland American
2.2.2  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Jasper2529 @2.2    2 months ago

Why am I not surprised?  As we say loudly at Trump rallies in person or watching on TV, CNN SUCKS!!!

 
 
 
Tacos!
3  Tacos!    2 months ago

I think this is nice. Very good.

 
 
 
Heartland American
3.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Tacos! @3    2 months ago

Agreed.  It is good for the fabric of our nation for the Commander in Chief to support and visit with our troops on the front lines.  

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
4  The Magic Eight Ball    2 months ago

meanwhile on the left... just more fake news. LOL

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Jasper2529
4.1  Jasper2529  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @4    2 months ago
meanwhile on the left... just more fake news. LOL

I saw that and laughed. Here's another good one ...

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Heartland American
4.1.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Jasper2529 @4.1    2 months ago

1,000 mega dittos!’ 👏👍😂🦃🍽

 
 
 
Heartland American
4.2  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @4    2 months ago

Newsweek knows no shame.  That was just like last year when the media around Christmas time was complaining about the President never going tho see the troops in a war zone while he was in flight to Iraq.  When will they ever learn?  

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5  XDm9mm    2 months ago

What's even better is that he was sitting with the enlisted personnel..  Now THAT must have pissed off the tight ass brass no end!!

 
 
 
Jasper2529
5.1  Jasper2529  replied to  XDm9mm @5    2 months ago
What's even better is that he was sitting with the enlisted personnel..  Now THAT must have pissed off the tight ass brass no end!!

He even used the same cheap, white plastic forks and knives while eating with them. That shoots down the left's portrayal of him as an elitist snob.

 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1.1  XDm9mm  replied to  Jasper2529 @5.1    2 months ago
That shoots down the left's portrayal of him as an elitist snob.

And what's even better is that while they piss and moan about his purported elitism, they piss and moan about him eating a McDonalds Big Mac.   He really does live in their heads 24x7 rent free.

One can only hope that on holidays, and every other day for that matter, he brings marching bands along for the free ride.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
6  JohnRussell    2 months ago

Trump chumps are so gullible.  If he wasn't fighting impeachment you wouldnt have found him within 10,000 miles of Afghanistan. 

 
 
 
GaJenn78
6.1  GaJenn78  replied to  JohnRussell @6    2 months ago

Wow.....jrSmiley_88_smiley_image.gif Pretty sure he has done this before......

Enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers! I hope Trump didn't ruin too much of your holiday or family time jrSmiley_41_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.1.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  GaJenn78 @6.1    2 months ago

I just provided him with 10 things to be grateful for today...

 
 
 
GaJenn78
6.1.2  GaJenn78  replied to  Heartland American @6.1.1    2 months ago

Yea, well, MSM has told people what to think and how to feel. They will never give him credit for anything. My favorite was when my sister text me about a year ago, she was watching Maddow, because she likes to see what other sources are saying. Maddow literally said on air "I'm going to tell you how you should feel about this." My sister said no more, which is exactly why I don't watch MSNBC in the mornings anymore. Morning Joe is a joke. He and his guests scream at the audience, Mika just sits and rolls her eyes and shakes her head, She is so friggen unprofessional, and cannot come up with any rationalized thought, I don't think she has two brain cells that can rub together to get a spark, she's just a Joe bobble head. 

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.2  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  JohnRussell @6    2 months ago

Ten Reasons to Be Thankful for President Trump This Thanksgiving

By  Matt Margolis   November 28, 2019

If you were like me, you spent most of 2016 convinced Hillary Clinton was gonna win the election handily, that Trump didn’t have a prayer, the Supreme Court would be lost, every insane policy and executive order of Barack Obama would go unchallenged, and essentially become permanent, and America as we know it would continue its descent toward socialism.

Except that didn’t happen. Thanks to Donald Trump, we didn’t get a President Hillary. We were spared a third Obama term and the nation now has a chance. I fully admit that my vote in 2016 was more a vote against Hillary than it was a vote for Trump. Saving us from the disaster that would have been a Hillary presidency is more than enough reason to be thankful for Donald Trump, but his record as president gives us plenty of reasons to be happy he won, aside from just saving us from a Hillary presidency. So, on this Thanksgiving, I thought it would be appropriate to compile a list of reasons to be thankful for President Trump. There are certainly more reasons than the ones below, so before you feast with your families today, feel free to share your own reasons you’re thankful for President Trump.

10. Enforcing immigration laws

It seems like such a simple thing, to follow the rule of law, but for too long, presidents from both parties have seen some form of amnesty as a solution to fixing our immigration system. Not Trump. He’s ended catch-and-release and has been enforcing our immigration law at the border and in the interior of the United States. He even successfully managed to get Mexico to use their law enforcement to prevent caravans of migrants from getting into the United States and has reduced the quota of refugees to a more manageable amount.

9. Neil Gorsuch and the reshaping of the Judiciary

That Barack Obama got two Supreme Court picks was painful enough, but the mere thought of Obama choosing a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia after his death in February 2016 was truly devastating. That Mitch McConnell was able to prevent that from happening was a miracle in itself, and Trump’s election meant that the gamble would pay off. Or would it? Many on the right weren’t entirely convinced that Trump would govern like a conservative or nominate conservatives to the courts. His choice to fill that vacancy was his first test, and he passed it with flying colors with the nomination of Neil Gorsuch and since then he’s proven himself over and over again, nominating conservatives to lower courts, changing the balance from liberal to conservative. “One out of every 4 active judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals have been appointed by President Trump,” said Adam Kennedy, deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of communications at the White House,  in an interview with The Daily Signal . Make no mistake about it, Trump’s impact on the judiciary will be felt for generations.

8. Brett Kavanaugh

The unprecedented smear campaign against Trump’s second Supreme Court pick would have had any other Republican president throw in the towel. Not Trump. A target of endless smears himself, Trump knew that giving in and withdrawing Kavanaugh’s nomination over uncorroborated accusations from people being groomed by powerful people on the left would not only damage his presidency, but it would further empower the Democrats. Trump stood behind Brett Kavanaugh unflinchingly against the smears—as did the GOP.

7. Reversing Obama’s legacy

Whenever there’s a change in power at the White House, the new president attempts to make his mark by reversing achievements of his predecessor, but Trump has done so better than anyone could have anticipated. Trump has gotten us out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Iran Deal, and the Paris Climate Accords. He’s rolled back Dodd-Frank, dismantled Obamacare, ended burdensome regulations…  the list goes on and on .

6. He supports our military, veterans, and national security

Barack Obama cut military funding and turned his back on our veterans. President Trump has given them the support they should expect from a commander-in-chief. He’s rebuilt and modernized our military, increased defense spending. His change in strategy in the Middle East saved us from embarrassing defeats in Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s made more progress in achieving a denuclearized North Korea, and is actively confronting Iranian aggression. And, of course, defeating ISIS is an accomplishment that can’t be understated.

5. He puts America first

I’m not sure whose interests Obama had in mind while he was in the White House, but America was at the bottom of his list. Trump, however, has been very clear about advocating for America’s interests above those of other countries. Whatever his enemies want to say about his so-called trade war, he’s successfully managed to negotiate new trade deals that better serve America’s interests. He’s also managed to  cut spending to the United Nations  and  get NATO allies to contribute spend towards defense .

4. He got the GOP to find their backbone

Trump’s willingness to stand up to Democrats has rubbed off on the GOP in ways I never expected, Senator Lindsey Graham’s  epic slam of the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee  changed the trajectory of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. With few holdouts, the Republican Party has defended President Trump against endless smears by the left, starting back with the Russian collusion hoax. Despite a flurry of negative media coverage, the GOP has stood with near full unity, crushing Democrat’s hopes of a bipartisan impeachment, or perhaps a successful one,  as moderate Democrats are starting to get cold feet . Had Democrats made a serious attempt at impeaching George W. Bush, I highly doubt GOP unity in opposition to those efforts would have been as strong as it is today. Republicans have believed for a long time that if they play nice with Democrats they’ll be paid back with some reward. With the exception of Senator Mitt Romney, and a couple of others who have retired or jumped ship, the rest of the GOP has abandoned this fantasy.

3. He’s kept his promises

How often have we experienced a politician running a campaign on big promises who fails to deliver? All the time, right? Well, Trump has proven himself to be the genuine article. When he makes a promise, he follows through. Americans  on both sides of the aisle agree . Even his harshest critics can’t deny it—CNN actually  called him a “keeper of promises.”  What more proof do you need?  And since you asked, yes, he’s been building the border wall— and it’s working . To be fair, he’s not always succeeded in fulfilling promises, due activist judges stopping various efforts like ending DACA (though he did get rid of DAPA) but his list of promises kept is easily the most impressive of our lifetimes.

2. Investigating Obama-era corruption

Barack Obama spied on Trump’s campaign and abused the FISA court system to do it. Do you think there would be an investigation of this abuse if Trump hadn’t won? Not a chance. The lawlessness that defined the Obama years will get exposed. According to Senator Lindsey Graham, the DOJ Inspector General’s report  on FISA abuse will be “stunning” and “damning.”  Others predict  it will ruin careers . One thing is for sure, had Hillary won, none of this would be getting looked into at all, and corrupt liberals in the Deep State would be operating in full force without concern of accountability.

1. The booming economy

Thanks to Trump, the economy is on fire. After years of stagnation, Trump’s election got things moving again. The stock market is at a record high, unemployment at a historic low, consumer confidence is strong, GDP is beating expectations, the manufacturing industry (once thought to be in trouble) is creating jobs. Thanks to Trump, the middle class  is seeing a boom stronger than his predecessors ever saw . The Trump economy is so good women and minorities have never done better, and there are more job openings than unemployed workers to fill them. The economy is doing so well that Democrats  have tried to give Barack Obama credit for it .

_____

Matt Margolis is the author of  Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama's Legacy  and the bestselling book  The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama https://pjmedia.com/trending/ten-reasons-to-be-thankful-for-president-trump-this-thanksgiving/

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.2.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Heartland American @6.2    2 months ago

I’m very grateful for President Trump! 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
6.3  XDm9mm  replied to  JohnRussell @6    2 months ago
If he wasn't fighting impeachment

There's nothing to fight.   Hell, even Nadler is trying to walk the BS back by stating IF he's presented with anything...   IF is a BIG two letter word that indicates he's not very sure of anything coming of the Schiff clown show.  And better still is the back channel rumbling about CENSURE as opposed to impeachment.  Can you say Democrat LOSERS?

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
6.4  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  JohnRussell @6    2 months ago
If he wasn't fighting impeachment

trump is not going to be removed from office.

learn to deal with it.

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.4.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @6.4    2 months ago

That will take a lot of learning for many on the left. 

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
6.5  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  JohnRussell @6    2 months ago

The man decided to do something nice for our troops in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving and you still have badmouth him. Pretty sad dude.  I shudder to think what he would have to do to gain a nice word out of you, short of leaving office, which is not going to happen anyway.

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.5.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @6.5    2 months ago

I don’t want Trump to make the effort to do what it would take to get a nice word out of him.  

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.6  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  JohnRussell @6    2 months ago

Are you grateful that America has Donald Trump as our elected President yet?  

 
 
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