Trump Tries to Have It Both Ways on ‘Endless Wars’

Trump decries our presence in Iraq, but he hasn’t withdrawn American forces, either.

During a press briefing alongside Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi on Aug. 20, President Donald Trump defended the limited U.S. military presence in Iraq. “We’re down to a very small number of soldiers in Iraq now,” Trump said. He justified the American footprint in both economic terms (oil and military deals), as well as security grounds. 

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