A busy schedule and “phony witch hunts” have kept President Donald Trump from visiting American troops in combat zones, according to the president’s own words in a recent interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
Trump also defended his failure to visit active duty troops overseas by saying he has done more than any other president "in terms of all the things [he's] been able to get them, including the vets."
Wallace also pressed Trump about why he had not visited troops serving in an active conflict zone like Iraq or Afghanistan.
“I think you will see that happen. There are things that are being planned,” the president insisted. “I don’t think anybody has been — as a president in terms of funding, in terms of all of the things I’ve been able to get them including the vets, I don’t think anybody has done more than me. I’ve had an unbelievable busy schedule and I will be doing it, on top of what you have those phony witch hunts. On top of which — we’ve just been very busy but I will be doing that.”
Asked about skipping a visit to Arlington Cemetery on Veterans Day last week, Trump said he was busy making calls but admitted he “should have done that.”
“In retrospect, I should have, and I did last year and I will virtually every year but we had come in very late at night and I had just left literally the American cemetery in Paris and I really probably assumed that was fine and I was extremely busy because affairs of state, doing other things. But I would have done it.”