President Donald Trump has told aides and White House officials that he was afraid to visit U.S. troops in war zones, and didn't back the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan.
“He’s never been interested in going,” one unnamed former senior White House official told The Washington Post. “He’s afraid of those situations. He’s afraid people want to kill him.”
Trump told advisers that he had considered visiting troops in overseas combat zones, after a series of decisions that critics said showed disrespect toward the military and the troops.
The president canceled a visit to a cemetery where thousands of U.S. Marines were buried during a trip to Europe for ceremonies marking the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I, and did not visit Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day.
In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Trump dismissed retired Admiral William McRaven—who oversaw the 2011 mission that trapped and killed Osama bin Laden—as a partisan “Hillary Clinton fan," and questioned why the military hadn’t killed bin Laden sooner.
In the same interview Trump told host Chris Wallace that he hadn’t visited troops in an overseas war zone because of his hectic schedule.
"I’ve had an unbelievable busy schedule, and I will be doing it. On top of which you have these phony witch hunts. On top of which—I mean, we’ve just been very busy. But I will be doing that," he said.
“I think you will see that happen,” Trump told Wallace. “There are things that are being planned. We don’t want to talk about it because of security reasons and everything else.”
Trump also expressed his regret at not having visited Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans D