Head of the Shiite Asa'ib
Ahl al-Haq Qais Khazali condemned Thursday the US President Donald Trump's
visit to Iraq, threatening to expel the US troops from Iraq either by law or by other ways.
"Trump's visit to a US military base without regard to diplomatic norms reveals the reality of the American project in Iraq," Khazali wrote on Twitter.
"The response of the Iraqis will be [translated to a] decision of the Parliament to remove your military forces by force," Khazali stated.
زيارة #ترامب لقاعدة عسكرية أمريكية بدون مراعاة الأعراف الدبلوماسية يكشف حقيقة المشروع الأمريكي في #العراق
رد العراقيين سيكون بقرار البرلمان بإخراج قواتك العسكرية رغما عن انفك وإذا لم تخرج فلدينا الخبرة والقدرة لإخراجها بطريقة أخرى تعرفها قواتك التي اجبرت على الخروج ذليلة في 2011
— قيس الخزعلي (@Qais_alkhazali) December 26, 2018
Just one day after Christmas, Trump and his wife Melania arrived in Anbar to visit the US troops serving in the region, which is his first such visit since taking office in January 2017.
Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said on Thursday that he was supposed to meet with the US President Donald Trump during his visit to Iraq, but the meeting was cancelled due to “disagreement over how to conduct the meeting,” the two leaders spoke by phone instead.
The US said the visit was cancelled because of logistic and security issues.