During his first trip to visit with U.S. troops in a combat zone, President Trump met with soldiers at Al Asad Air Base, west of Baghdad, before flying to Ramstein Air Base in Germany. During his Iraq visit, Trump said U.S. forces stationed there could carry out strikes against ISIS terrorists across the border in Syria if necessary. In his own words: “We could use this as a base if we wanted to do something in Syria. If we see something happening with ISIS that we don’t like, we can hit them so fast and so hard, they won’t – they really won’t know what the hell happened.” This statement has angered others in Iran and Russia that they were forced to voice out their concern.
Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, who is a senior military advisor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that “The U.S. must leave West Asia… This region belongs to us.” Safavi also predicted that China, Russia, India and Iran, “will be the new powers of the new century” A senior Russian lawmaker said the international community should make it clear to the U.S. that carrying out any military action in a neighboring country without its government’s consent and the authorization of the U.N. Security Council would violate that country’s sovereignty.