President Donald Trump has promised to build up the U.S. military like never before, hopes to enjoy a massive and expensive military parade in Washington D.C., and indicates he is personally offended by NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem.
But for all his bluster, Trump has yet to visit troops stationed in war zones overseas — a presidential act nearly all of his predecessors have done dating back to World War II, according to Business Insider.
Since Trump took office, American troops have been killed everywhere from Somalia and Niger to Yemen and Iraq. In 2018 alone, five US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.
But Trump has yet to visit Afghanistan, Iraq, or Syria, among other places where US troops are putting their lives on the line to execute his orders.
Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama both visited troops in war zones in their first terms:
Bush, for example, met with ground troops in Baghdad within 10 months of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. By the end of his time in office, Bush made four trips to Iraq and two to Afghanistan.
Comparatively, Obama visited troops in Iraq in 2008 while he was still a senator and made another visit within his first three months as president. Ultimately, Obama made four trips to Afghanistan as president.
Business Insider reported that the White House did not immediately respond to the question of whether Trump has plans to visit U.S. troops in the near future.