In private conversations with White House aides and officials, President Donald Trump reportedly has said he isn’t too keen on visiting combat zones due to the long flights and security risks, according to a recent Washington Post report.
“He’s never been interested in going,” one unnamed official told The Washington Post on Monday. “He’s afraid of those situations. He’s afraid people want to kill him.” The president has only recently begun discussing tentative plans to visit troops amid increasing criticism of his attitude toward the military, the Post reports.
Trump has faced growing pressure to visit U.S. troops overseas, with new attention falling on the issue after the president opted to skip two Veterans Day events last week.
More recently, he lashed out at the former head of U.S. Special Operations Command, retired Adm. William H. McRaven, who led the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. On Sunday, Trump claimed McRaven should have caught bin Laden “a lot sooner” and mocked him as a “Hillary Clinton fan.”