BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to Iraq on Christmas to support his nation’s troops that are currently deployed in several parts of the Middle Eastern country.
During his visit to the Al-Asad Airbase, Trump discussed the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and its affect on Israel’s regional security.
According to Trump, Israel will be fine because the U.S. gives the country several billion dollars each year.
“Well, I don’t see it. I spoke with Bibi,” he said, referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“I told Bibi. And, you know, we give Israel $4.5 billion a year. And they’re doing very well defending themselves, if you take a look,” he continued.
“We’re going to take good care of Israel. Israel is going to be good. But we give Israel $4.5 billion a year. And we give them, frankly, a lot more money than that, if you look at the books — a lot more money than that. And they’ve been doing a very good job for themselves,” he added, not specifying the origin of the $4.5 billion figure.
Trump’s comments came on the same day the Israeli Air Force carried out several airstrikes inside the western region of Damascus.