Trump makes first visit to US troops in harm’s way

Members of the military cheer as President Donald Trump speaks at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the military at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday. (AP Photos/Andrew Harnik)

AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq — In an unannounced trip to Iraq on Wednesday, President Donald Trump staunchly defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from neighboring Syria despite a drumbeat of criticism from military officials and allies who don’t think the job fighting Islamic State militants there is over.