On social media, there also were defenders of the troops with Trump hats and signs, who argued there is nothing inherently partisan about the "Make America Great Again" slogan.
In Iraq following the visit, pro-Iran lawmakers called for the government to expel United States forces.
"Look, it's a good thing that the president went to Iraq", he said. The Prime Minister's office said "differences in points of view over the arrangements" prevented a meeting between the two leaders.
The 2.6 percent pay raise authorized for 2019 is the largest in the past nine years. "But, you know, they were sort of excited the commander in chief was there and willing to blow by it".
The US President shocked the world last week when he announced the withdrawal of American troops from the country because ISIS, also known as Daesh, were beaten.
It is a falsehood Trump has repeated before.
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Trump said he had told his advisers, "let's get out of Syria", but was persuaded to stay, before deciding last week to bring the 2,000 troops home.
"We have 30,000 troops in Germany", he said.
Former president Barack Obama is the most admired man for the 11th year in a row, besting President Trump, who's second. "It is perplexing. Why would he visit the troops and do that?"
"I think it's kind of a misplaced opportunity; the President really just needs to kind of marinate in the moment of being with these incredible soldiers who are protecting our freedoms, and that's what it's really all about", he added. "We could make it 4%,'" Trump claimed. The strike destroyed the tunnel entrance and killed four IS fighters, according to the US military in Baghdad.
Earlier in the month, Iraqi forces called in an airstrike by USA -coalition forces to destroy a tunnel used by IS militants in the Atshanah mountains in north Iraq. The last US service member to die in Iraq was in August, as the result of a helicopter crash in Sinjar.
His trip to the troops stationed in Iraq was kept underwraps with a press embargo until he had finished addressing troops in a green military-style jacket.
Trump had planned to spend Christmas at his private club in Florida, but stayed behind in Washington due to the partial government shutdown.
The U.S. has had a volatile relationship with Iraq over the years.