Yamiche Alcindor: Trump Held A "Political Rally" In Front Of Troops In Iraq, Touted Successes

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PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor said President Trump held a "political rally" when he and First Lady Melania Trump visited troops in Iraq on Boxing Day. Alcindor reported Trump did "what he usually does in political rallies," which she described as crowd work and touting his successes.

"This was really a political rally in front of troops in Iraq," Alcindor said Thursday on MSNBC. "This was a president who likes to talk about winning, who likes to talk about America's role in the world."

"I think we not only have to talk about the political aspect of this but the fact that the president did what he usually does in political rallies which is he took a lap around and talked about his successes and talk about his ideas but also lace in there some falsehoods," Alcindor said.





YAMICHE ALCINDOR, PBS NEWSHOUR: This was really a political rally in front of troops in Iraq. This was a president who likes to talk about winning, who likes to talk about America's role in the world. We did hear some foreign policy. He talked about Saudi Arabia and said that he's happy with the investment they are making the try to fight ISIS in Syria. He talked about the president of Turkey. So there was some foreign policy and the president defending his idea to pull out of Syria and pull troops out of there.

One thing we also heard was the president lacing all of this with not just political commentary but also falsehoods. He talked about the fact that it had been ten years since servicemen and women got a pay raise. We know that is false. Every year they have been getting pay raises.

So you also have a president who was essentially lying to people who could know very quickly he was not telling the truth because they can see their paychecks every year. So I think we not only have to talk about the political aspect of this but the fact that the president did what he usually does in political rallies which is he took a lap around and talked about his successes and talk about his ideas but also lace in there some falsehoods.

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