Trump surprises troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving

Carro

Secret journey from Florida. Glad POTUS is spending his Thanksgiving with our troops, to honor and thank them.

It means so much to all of those alway from loved ones, here and abroad.



https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-surprises-troops-in-afghanistan-on-thanksgiving







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Nana H

Good for him! I just hope he doesn't make his speech to them political. Time to show he can stand above it all.

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Carro

I just heard him talking about food and our troops. Video is just being released now, as I'm sure that means he's up in the air.

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chipotle

Did he say anything about the Pentagon, the chain of command? Do you think his words mean anything?

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Carro

chipotle

Did he say anything about the Pentagon, the chain of command? Do you think his words mean anything?

Speaking of standing above it all. That didn't take very long.


Who had 3rd post?


Congrats, you won.

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mr1010

Maybe it was just his excuse to get outta Dodge where the heat is on. We don't

really want him here in Florida either. Who would?

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Jennifer

Did he mention the criminal Seal guy he pardoned?

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queenmargo

We don't really want him here in Florida either. Who would?

LOL- Trump WON Florida lol lol lol


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margaux

A turkey for the troops for Thanksgiving!

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mudhouse

Do you think his words mean anything?

His words mean a lot to the people who serve there, and whose lives are on the line. The visit means a lot to families of those in the military, because they serve too, by waiting for their loved ones to come back home safely. It means a lot to me too, as a Trump voter, because I support our troops, and I know they deserve our thanks. Good for Trump.

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chipotle

Carro, I'd still like to know. Did he?

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cattyles

Look at him doing big boy president stuff!

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blfenton

I recognize mudhouse's first picture and it was from Iraq a year ago.

ETA - the picture to which I was referring has been deleted.

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catkinZ8a

Golfing.


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catkinZ8a

Liar Kwong.

It's way beyond pathetic now, the activists in the alphabet *media* just say whatever they want.


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catkinZ8a

Thank you for visiting our troops Mr. President!



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Kathy

Trump pouted he didn’t get to eat his turkey dinner because the General wanted to talk to him, per someone in the unit.

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Carro

Pouted? Trump was letting the troops know he flew 13 hours and his priority was to be wit them.

The MSM lies and spin are deeply inculcated. Even that hysterically wrong headline above wasn't retracted. No apology. They just tacked on the end, 'Oh, and btw, he also went to Afghanistan".

Just a little jaunt...



The press is so upset not only that Trump did this amazing visit to see the troops in a war zone, but that they had no idea!

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cattyles

By all means, yes, thank you trump for doing something we took for granted that president’s do every Thanksgiving.

It was the first time he did it but in fairness, he wasn’t being impeached the other two years and had no incentive for doing anything normal.

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Stan Areted

ROTF!


President Trump just bests the pathetic LIARS at every turn, and it is DELICIOUS!

What fools, and I don't know that I have ever used that word in print--prohibited at our house along with a few others, including hate--even for green beans--but "fool" is just so appropriate to describe the poorly educated, no integrity lying media that makes these totally inaccurate statements based on their own propaganda, AND most democrats in governent, and many of their supporters.

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paprikash

He is a very warm and down to earth guy. I think many can relate to him.

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Stan Areted

THANKS for posting the TRUTH of what THIS President is doing for our troops and our country, and thanking them FOR US, Catkin.

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Kathy

Big deal, posing for photos to boost his ego while undermining them by pardoning war criminals.

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Carro

Yeah, every President flies to war zones for Thanksgiving every single year!

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Carro

Did Obama visit troops overseas for Thanksgiving?

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cattyles

By all means, yes, thank you trump for doing something we took for granted that president’s do every Thanksgiving.

I'd love to see the data on this! Please share with us all the times Presidents personally visited troops overseas in war zones.

Thanks in advance.

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queenmargo

The left just embarrass themselves everyday with under estimating Trump;))

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Carro

margo, nothing embarrasses the Left anymore.

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queenmargo

No kidding Carro, I love to watch these Trump stories get debunked lollol

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mudhouse

Cattyles: It was the first time he did it but in fairness, he wasn’t being impeached the other two years and had no incentive for doing anything normal.

Do you mean it was the first time Trump visited troops in an active combat zone? No; President Trump and Melania made a surprise holiday visit to Iraq last year on December 27, 2018. Here are some pics of that visit, too, to refresh your memory.


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mudhouse

I recognize mudhouse's first picture and it was from Iraq a year ago.

The photo was from this New York Post article about the surprise Thanksgiving visit: https://nypost.com/2019/11/28/trump-makes-surprise-visit-to-afghanistan-to-see-u-s-troops-on-thanksgiving/

...but I checked and the you're right, the second one I pulled from an image search was from his Christmastime visit to Iraq last year. I replaced it with another from the Afghanistan visit (and thanks for the correction.)

Too many photos of Trumps supporting our troops, when you do a Duck Duck Go search!

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ohiomom

Photos of the 27 times the Commander-In-Chief visited a combat zone ....



UNDER THE RADAR

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Stan Areted

Slow day in cat world.

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catkinZ8a

Despite the generalized reported view that Barack Obama doesn’t understand the military primarily because he never served, reports are coming in that he did spend a portion of his Thanksgiving calling and thanking troops as proven by a tweet posted up on the official Twitter of The White House. 2014


Barack Obama and the first family distributed food for Thanksgiving to families at a Washington, D.C. food pantry in 2009. In 2012, the family participated in a service project at a local food bank, according to the Atlantic. The family manned tables and distributed Thanksgiving food staples. Continuing the spirit of giving, the family served veterans their Thanksgiving dinner in 2015, CNN says.


Obama started his own Thanksgiving in the White House when he took office. According to People magazine, every year on Thanksgiving he “makes nine phone calls to deployed service members.” Obama speaks to members from every branch of the military. Thanksgiving morning he makes his nine phone calls and thanks each person for their service and sacrifice



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Nana H

In addition Obama made seven trips to see troops stationed over seas including three to Afghanistan and one to Iraq.

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cattyles

Newsweek should publish a retraction and I hope they do. But it was an incredibly safe assumption.

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cattyles

Here’s the first article I found about trump’s noticeable lack of interest in visiting troops. I’ll post more as I find them. He’s so transparent. Now that he’s facing impeachment, an election and consternation over his idiotic meddling in the war criminal’s case he coincidentally decides to visit a war zone.


https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/10/donald-trump-should-visit-front-line-troops-afghanistan-iraq-gregg-zoroya-column/996139001/

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Nana H

I agree cattyles. As much as he is to be commended for visiting the troops one cannot help by wonder about his motivation and timing.

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Nana H

Do any of us know what his public calendar stated for T-Day? I can't imagine it said he was going to Afghanistan but I also can't imagine it was totally blank.

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barncatz

The bar is set incredibly low, for this one.

Still, I'd much rather he be doing this than spending our tax dollars funneling money directly into his golf resorts. So, yay.

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roxsol

https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/28/politics/inside-trumps-secret-thanksgiving-trip/index.html

This is the CNN report that I have read about President Trump's visit:

Inside Trump's sneak Thanksgiving trip to Afghanistan

(CNN) — On Thanksgiving eve, President Donald Trump slipped unnoticed out of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on his way to a bare-bones military plane with just a handful of top aides.

Sixteen hours later, he touched down for the first time in Afghanistan, on just his second visit to a war zone as President after a similar Christmas Eve trip last year to Iraq.

The 16-hour trip -- plus the three more Trump spent on the ground at Bagram Air Field north of Kabul -- were shrouded in secrecy under the protocol that a war zone visit by the US commander in chief demands. At 2 p.m. on Thursday, reporters traveling with the President were authorized to report on his visit, minutes before Air Force One took off to return Trump to Florida.

Trump's trip began late Wednesday evening. After quietly leaving Mar-a-Lago, the President boarded a military plane at an undisclosed airport and took off at 7:20 p.m. en route to Joint Base Andrews, the military base just outside of Washington. The 747 Trump used to travel to Florida earlier in the week remained guarded on the tarmac of Palm Beach International airport throughout the overseas outing.

The military plane had just four blue leather chairs and a portable toilet on board. Only a handful of aides and one member of the traveling press pool joined Trump for that flight. After landing at Joint Base Andrews at about 9:30 p.m., Trump boarded the second Air Force One 747 -- which was stowed away inside a hangar, out of sight -- where the remainder of the traveling press pool was already on board.

White House officials and reporters alike were stripped of their cell phones and other electronic devices before takeoff. With windows drawn and the plane's interior lights shut off, Air Force One left at 10:08 p.m. Reporters on board did not find out where they were heading until about two hours before touching down in Afghanistan.

"It's a dangerous area and he wants to support the troops," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham explained aboard Air Force One as she briefed reporters on the President's destination. "He and Mrs. Trump recognize that there's a lot of people far away from their families during the holidays and we thought it'd be a nice surprise."

Trump's plane landed at Bagram Air Base at 8:33 p.m. local time in pitch darkness. Window curtains were drawn once again and the plane's lights were shut off to conceal Trump's arrival.

Reporters were not allowed to report on Trump's visit until minutes before boarding Air Force One again to return to the US.

Planning for the trip began weeks ahead of time, but only a very tight circle of White House officials were aware. And the White House went to new lengths to avoid arousing suspicion.

On Thursday morning, the @realDonaldTrump account posted an unremarkable tweet wishing Americans a happy Thanksgiving. That tweet and several other retweets late Wednesday and early Thursday had in fact been scheduled ahead of time to avoid arousing suspicions around a President who rarely goes a dozen hours without taking to social media.

The trip was Trump's first to Afghanistan and only his second to a war zone, following the similarly secretive trip to Iraq for Christmas last year. That time, Trump's cover was essentially blown before Trump landed in Iraq, with plane spotters in the United Kingdom posted pictures of the easily-recognizable blue and white Air Force One jet traveling across clear skies.

Joining Trump this time were just a handful of aides: acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, national security adviser Robert O'Brien, deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere and Grisham. Sen. John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, also joined Trump for the trip.

As Trump stepped off the plane at the US's biggest air base in Afghanistan, he was greeted by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley. Two surveillance blimps could be seen in the night sky overhead.

Trump arrived in time to serve Thanksgiving dinner to about two dozen troops before sitting down to eat with Barrasso and a commander based at Bagram. Playing behind them while they ate: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, beamed live from back in New York.

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mudhouse

As much as he is to be commended for visiting the troops one cannot help by wonder about his motivation and timing.

Lol, it's all about mind-reading these days, isn't it? The faces of the troops in the photos do look very suspicious of Trump's secret motivations. (Not really.)

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Nana H

Do any of us know what his public calendar stated for T-Day? I can't imagine it said he was going to Afghanistan but I also can't imagine it was totally blank.

According to the Hate-Trump Media, his calendar included golf and tweeting. I mean, the news was fit to print, so must have been true.

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Carro

On Thursday morning, the @realDonaldTrump account posted an unremarkable tweet wishing Americans a happy Thanksgiving. That tweet and several other retweets late Wednesday and early Thursday had in fact been scheduled ahead of time to avoid arousing suspicions around a President who rarely goes a dozen hours without taking to social media

The Rocky Balboa troll was an amazing diversion!

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roxsol

I think the media reporting that he was going to golf was a wonderful diversion as well. Very clever. Very patriotic. They must have been working with the Secret Service.


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Nana H

I am talking about his official WH calendar. Did it say anything?

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Carro

Must have been, roxsol. Kwong is a patriot extraordinaire.

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elvis

Roxsol, you are a very good-humored (humoured?) woman. Thanks for the trip info just up thread, also.

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roxsol

elvis, I don’t get FOX news in our satellite package, but I do get CNN.

I find the above article is the kind of stuff I hear from CNN. Informed.

Only when I am holidays do I ever see a FOX report, and quite frankly, they seem a little uninformed. Their written reports even more so.

eta Yes (humoured?) is my preference :)

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roxsol

The military plane had just four blue leather chairs and a portable toilet on board. Only a handful of aides and one member of the traveling press pool joined Trump for that flight”

I was a little curious about this part of the report. I wondered which seat President Trump got.

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Kathy

Elvis, have you seen Trump complaining about cold turkey on the news yet?

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cecily 7A

What I saw on the news is the Taliban stating that they are not engaged in peace talks. Should I be surprised when Trump lies... It's unfortunate that his self-serving lies make the work of the military and diplomatic corps more difficult.

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Kathy

Cecile, not only his lies but his actions.

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Ziemia(6a)

Agree, Trump is a genius troll.

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elvis

Kathy

Elvis, have you seen Trump complaining about cold turkey on the news yet?

You mean that bit about getting so busy over there that he didn't get to his own plate while it was still hot? Hot food seems to be important to a lot of folks. Just being human, I guess?

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Stan Areted

Cold turkey accusation is a turkey for sure!

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Delilah66

"The 16-hour trip -- plus the three more Trump spent on the ground at Bagram Air Field north of Kabul -- were shrouded in secrecy under the protocol that a war zone visit by the US commander in chief demands. "

Good to know they tied and gagged him.

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,maifleur,others(8a)

This is a funny take:

https://youtu.be/U5Vyw1JkfCA

“I came all this way to tell you one thing...”

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Nana H

Speaking of turkey. I'm turkey'ed out. Lousy weather and way too many leftovers have had me housebound making turkey soup, turkey pot pies, turkey stew and today turkey and mushroom crepes. Tomorrow hamburgers or better yet dinner out!!

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Delilah66

"I came all this way to tell you one thing...”

Why can he not string together cogent words beyond a 6th grade vocabulary followed by specific facts?

"people come up to me with their 401k's"

My pre-trump 401K is too large to take up to anyone and why would I do that?

"I'm not saying Obama is responsible for 2/3s of what trump is taking credit for, but...Yeah, no that's EXACTLY what I'm saying."

Also, exactly what's been said on HT over and over.

Women's private parts are landmines? PTVD? Then he must be shell-shocked.

Such a dolt. Praise yourself. Let those brave men and women who signed up to get shot at save your sorry butt.

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