President Donald Trump is too busy at home, ostensibly making the country great again, to pay a visit to American troops overseas, according to an interview he gave to The Associated Press this week.
> The commander-in-chief spoke to the Associated Press Tuesday, and said that while he doesn’t feel it’s “overly necessary” to pay a visit to a military base in a combat zone like Iraq or Afghanistan, he plans to at some point in the future.
> “I’ve been very busy with everything that’s taking place here,” he said, before diving into a rambling boast about the state of the country’s economy and unemployment rates.
> “I’m doing a lot of things. But (visiting) is something I’d do. And do gladly. Nobody has been better at the military. Hey, I just got them a pay raise. I haven’t had a pay raise in 11 years… I have done more for the military than any president in many, many years.”
Trump’s failure to visit active duty troops breaks with American tradition — seemingly a defining trait of his presidency — as the last several presidents before him, from Barack Obama to Ronald Reagan, carved out time to make overseas appearances.