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Trump Has Not Visited Middle East Soldiers and Bashes Obama, Who Did, on Memorial Day

As of Memorial Day, roughly halfway through his second year in office, President Donald Trump has not visited U.S. soldiers on the ground in the Middle East—something that his predecessor President Barack Obama did three months after his inauguration.

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Obama visited U.S. troops in Baghdad in April 2009 and made eight visits in all to Afghanistan, while former President George W. Bush traveled in 2003 to see troops in Iraq a few months after the invasion and made a total of four visits to Iraq and two to Afghanistan, according to Axios.

Trump has visited military servicemen on U.S. soil and in other parts of the world, but not those stationed in the Middle East, where conflict rages on. Trump is responsible for some of the high tension in the region—in December, his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel prompted some Palestinians to burn photos of him and was criticized by many nations.

Earlier this month, the same day that the president announced he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, Iranian forces reportedly fired 20 rockets at Israel's military bases in the occupied Golan Heights.

On Monday, Trump observed Memorial Day at the Arlington National Cemetery by saying that fallen soldiers "died so that freedom could live."

"To every parent who weeps for a child, to every child who mourns for a parent and to every husband or wife whose heart has been torn in two today, we ask God to comfort your pain, to ease your sorrow and to wipe away your tears," Trump said during his speech. "This is a very special day, and today our whole country thanks you, embraces you and pledges to you we will never forget our heroes."

Trump on Monday also bashed Obama via Twitter on issues unrelated to visiting servicemen. The president quoted George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley’s comment earlier in the day on Fox & Friends to back his theory that the FBI under Obama spied on his presidential campaign for politically motivated reasons.

“'We now find out that the Obama Administration put the opposing campaigns presidential candidate, or his campaign, under investigation. That raises legitimate questions. I just find this really odd...this goes to the heart of our electoral system.' Jonathan Turley on @FoxNews," Trump tweeted.

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