US troops serving in Iraq received a surprising gift this holiday season with an announced visit by President Donald Trump and his wife Melania on Wednesday.
Just one day after Christmas, Trump arrived in Baghdad in secrecy to visit with US troops serving in the region, which is his first such visit since taking office in January 2017.
Trump's visit also comes at a time when he is facing a lot of criticism at home and abroad for his decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, having declared ISIS defeated.
In the wake of Trump's decision, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned, followed by Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the coalition fighting ISIS.
At the same time, the US is currently experiencing a partial government shutdown due to Trump's insistence on providing funding to build a wall along the US border with Mexico, which Democrats have prevented from being added to the bill.