Part of the problem is that Trump spent nearly two years in office without visiting a combat zone ― something his predecessors did as a matter of course.
No wonder some Twitter users suspected that “doing the right thing for the troops” was far down on Trump’s list of reasons to make the trip to Iraq.
— Karen Tosado ????? (@marie5483) December 26, 2018
President Trump guilted into visiting troops in the field after seeing every other respected world leader do it on Christmas. –fixed it for you.
— ?NZDIVE01? (@NZDIVE01) December 26, 2018
Took him almost two years to do what is expected of him
— chaos dunk enthusiast (@Ashmolekb) December 26, 2018
— Stuart Morrell (@orlandosgm) December 26, 2018
Others suspected ulterior motives behind the visit.
It’s the only way he can be in palm beach for New Years
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) December 26, 2018
ATTENTION JOURNALISTS:If Trump is secretly en route to visit troops, ask if he will be returning to DC or FL. The trip will be cover to get to Mar-a-Lago NYE party where tickets were sold guaranteeing access to the president. He would be using the troops as a distraction.
— Bill Prady (@billprady) December 26, 2018
Correction last ditch effort to distract from his disastrous presidency. It has nothing to do with the troops…Zero and anyone reporting that it does is misleading the country
— C.Taylor (@TheClaudeTaylor) December 26, 2018
Surprise visit = Shamed and forced to go in the middle of the night without telling the public so as to fend off any more horrendous bad news about him. Have to remember, if he hadn't shut Gov down, he'd be golfing right now at Crap-A-Lago.
— Dave ??️?? (@davecannalte) December 26, 2018
Some imagined how Trump interacted with the troops.
"And do you still believe you're fighting for freedom? Because at age 24 that's marginal, right?"
— Ronald van der Putte (@w8in) December 26, 2018
hopefully it doesn't rain, and that they have plenty of shoes to throw
— (((Kobayashi Saru)))?? (@3illSweet) December 26, 2018
Others had questions about Melania.
Is she wearing her "I don't care" jacket?
— blagueur (@blagueur) December 26, 2018
At least one person saw a potentially positive outcome.
Good. Better late than never. Now will someone please change the WH locks!?