Trump in Afghanistan for surprise Thanksgiving visit

Trump in Afghanistan for surprise Thanksgiving visit
President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to spend time with U.S. troops on Thanksgiving on Thursday. (AFP)
Updated 28 November 2019

Trump in Afghanistan for surprise Thanksgiving visit

Trump in Afghanistan for surprise Thanksgiving visit
  • The president and first lady made a similar trip last year to Iraq
  • Vice President Mike Pence also visited troops in Iraq this week

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan: President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to spend time with U.S. troops on Thanksgiving on Thursday.
Trump arrived at Bagram Air Field shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time and spent more than two-and-a-half hours on the ground. Reporters were under strict instructions to keep the trip a secret to ensure his safety.
The visit comes more than two months after Trump abruptly broke off peace talks with the Taliban after a bombing in Kabul killed 12 people, including an American soldier.
And it comes at a pivotal moment in Trump’s presidency, with the impeachment inquiry moving quickly.
The president and first lady made a similar trip last year to Iraq on Christmas night — their first to an active conflict zone.
Vice President Mike Pence also visited troops in Iraq this week.