President Donald Trump paid an unannounced visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving, receiving a warm welcome from the service members.
In Mar-a-Lago since Tuesday with first lady Melania Trump and son Barron, Trump secretly flew from an undisclosed airport early Wednesday night to Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, and from there to Bagram Air Field, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, according to reports. The trip was his first visit to that country.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! pic.twitter.com/7SGZnHindW
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2019
“There is nowhere that I’d rather celebrate this Thanksgiving than right here with the toughest, strongest best and bravest warriors on the face of the Earth,” President Trump told the troops.
The rousing welcome the president received is seen in the video below, shared online by White House social media director Dan Scavino.
President @realDonaldTrump visits U.S. Soldiers at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan…. pic.twitter.com/HpHd6PxEqn
— Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸 (@Scavino45) November 28, 2019
The first lady did not accompany the president on the stealth trip, though she did go with her husband when he made a surprise visit to Iraq last Christmas.
Joining Trump was Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Dan Walsh, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, Deputy White House Press Secretary Judd Deere and Scavino, the Daily Mail reported.
Trump posed with soldiers, helped distribute plates and served turkey to the troops in a cafeteria.
Hands down. The Best President Ever! @realDonaldTrump
Serving our wonderful Military Thanksgiving dinner.
Respect is given to those who deserve it. This President has all of my respect! God Bless him!🙏🇺🇸
— ★ᴍɪᴄʜᴀᴇʟ★🌟🌟🌟 (@MichaelT_45) November 29, 2019