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President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq yesterday after slipping out of Washington, D.C., late Christmas night. The president and first lady received a raucous reception from the troops.

President Trump covered a lot of ground in his remarks — from the record defense buildup under his leadership and the need for a border wall to from his decision to withdraw from Syria and the heroism of our great military.

Here are some excerpts of the president’s closing remarks:

“America is a peace-loving nation. But rest assured, if we are forced to fight, we will engage the enemy with overwhelming force like never before — like nobody has ever seen before. . .

“Our faith and confidence in you is absolute and total. . . You are the warriors who defend our freedom. You are the patriots who ensure the flame of liberty burns forever bright. That’s who you are. . .

“To everyone at Al Asad Air Base, and every American serving overseas, may God bless you, may God protect you, and may God always keep you safe. We love you. We support you. We salute you. We cherish you. And together, we pray for justice, goodness, and peace on Earth.”

If you missed the president’s remarks, you can watch them here.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted about an incredible encounter between the president and an Army solider. The soldier told President Trump that he re-enlisted in the military because of Trump’s election. The president replied, “And I am here because of you.”

Predictably, the left-wing media have been doing their best to bash the president over the Christmas holiday. NBC News posted a story Tuesday titled, “Trump Becomes First President Since 2002 Not To Visit Troops At Christmastime.” Yet just hours later, the president was on the ground visiting the troops in Iraq.

Speaking of Iraq, the Iraqi cabinet voted to recognize Christmas, “the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ,” as an official government holiday.

—Gary Bauer
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