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As President Donald Trump continues to avoid visiting troops in combat zones, White House advisers reveal he’s never been interested in visiting.
Though Trump stated in an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace that he has plans to visit troops in a combat zone for the first time since he was elected president, some of his current and former advisers say otherwise.
“He’s never been interested in going,” an official speaking on the condition of anonymity told the National Post. “He’s afraid of those situations. He’s afraid people want to kill him.”
According to advisers, during a meeting to discuss a potential visit, Trump called the Afghanistan and Iraq missions a “total shame.” He also reportedly was against the long airplane flights and security risks of visiting a combat zone.
Various current and former advisers also state Trump has declined trips to combat regions, saying he doesn’t want to associate himself with wars that he deems failures.
In recent years, many of Trump’s predecessors have visited military bases on Thanksgiving Day, according to The Atlantic. However, while it was reported that Trump was planning to visit service members deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq this holiday, his advisors tell the National Post that Trump will spend Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida instead.
News of the president’s aversion to visiting the troops comes as he remains under increased scrutiny for his treatment of the U.S. military missions, as well as his attacks against military leaders and veterans of the armed forces.
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