President Trump serves US troops in Bagram Air Field visit
President Donald Trump paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he participated in serving Thanksgiving dinner to U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field and said he believes the Taliban wants a ceasefire.
n his first trip to the site , Trump arrived at Bagram Air Field shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time Thursday and spent more than two-and-a-half hours on the ground, serving turkey and thanking the troops.
Traveling with a small clutch of aides, including his acting chief of staff, press secretary and national security adviser, President Trump was in great spirits as he was escorted around the base to the cheers and support by the troops whilst taking the time to stop for photographs.
His first stop was a dining hall where he plated turkey and sat down for a meal.
Later, he sat for a meeting with military personnel and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
During his address to the troops, Trump said the U.S. and the Taliban have been engaged in peace talks and insisted the Taliban want to make a deal after heavy U.S. fire in recent months.
As per tradition, reporters were under strict instructions to keep the trip a secret to ensure his safety in the country. About 12,000 U.S. forces remain in Afghanistan.
The president ended the speech by sincerely thanking the troops and was honored to spend part of his holiday with them.